Dreams of Peace & Freedom : Part X
There are Waters
Words from Rupert Brooke's War Sonnets IV and II
Music by Sue Casson
International Magna Carta
Words from David Maxwell Fyfe's preamble to the ECHR
Music by Sue Casson
David Maxwell Fyfe :
Sung by Sue and Lily Casson Played and narrated
by Sue Casson
Violin : Mary Young
Cello : Fraser Bowles
Recorded and mixed at
Lana Banana Studios
Two songs tell of David Maxwell Fyfe's role in Europe following WWII.
There are Waters - a musical free setting by Sue Casson of Rupert Brooke's War Sonnets IV and II interweaves with David Maxwell Fyfe's account, taken from his autobiography, of how he came to be part of the United Europe Movement responsible for drafting the convention of human rights.
Then his draft words to introduce the European Convention are set as a descant to her setting of
Magna Carta from Part I in the International Magna Carta.
There are waters blown by changing winds to laughter
And lit by the rich skies, all day.
These lines from Brooke's War Sonnet IV suggest the winds of change blowing through Europe after the war. Winds of change that David Maxwell Fyfe, as part of the Council of Europe, was very much responsible for fanning. They are blended in verse 2 with words from his Sonnet II, as the 'blown' waters swell to ‘dark tides’, before the ‘unshaken’ peace and rest of port. To echo the lack of formality of the setting, the melodic line has echoes of popular 1940s dance band, combined with the folk voice that is the other strand to the sound of Dreams of Peace & Freedom.
The International Magna Carta, a title taken from Eleanor Roosevelt's description of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights draws an explicit parallel between the Magna Carta and the ECHR. In this song David Maxwell Fyfe’s suggested preamble to the European Convention becomes a descant to an echo of Magna Carta from Part I, to make the association between the two musically clear.