Dreams of Peace & Freedom : Part V
Words from Rupert Brooke's War Sonnet IV, The Dead
Music by Sue Casson
David Maxwell Fyfe : Robert Blackmore
Sylvia Maxwell Fyfe : Lily Casson
Sung by Lily and Sue Casson
Played and narrated by Sue Casson
Violin : Mary Young
Cello : Fraser Bowles
Recorded and mixed at Lana Banana Studios
These Hearts - a musical free setting by Sue Casson of part of Rupert Brooke's War Sonnet IV 'The Dead' inspired by David Maxwell Fyfe's response to seeing a film of the liberation of Auschwitz during the Nuremberg Trials.
Brooke’s Sonnet IV - The Dead begins
'These hearts were woven of human thoughts and cares'
a meditation on the humanity of the inert bodies lying on the muddy French battlefields. In the context of David Maxwell Fyfe’s story it could also suggest the obscene waste of life in concentration camps, film of the liberation of which was presented as evidence at Nuremberg.