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Part X

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There are waters
International Magna Carta


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 :

Robert Blackmore

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.

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