Invocation for Peace for treble voices, two trumpets, and two trombones
Invocation for Peace was commissioned by the Southampton Youth Choir and Orchestra. It is not an entirely new composition, because in it the composer used the choral part – rejected over 10 years earlier – of his withdrawn Symphony of Peace. The musical material of this part – written in accordance with the dictates of socialist realism in a simple language that was to emphasize the meaning of the text (originally a poem by Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz) – turned out to be very useful in composing a work for young players. Panufnik only needed to find a new text in English and adapt the music for trebles (boy sopranos) and four wind instruments. The new text was written by the composer’s wife, Camilla Jessel, and this is how Invocation for Peace came to be composed. The work refers to the idea of peace in the world – an idea that remained close to the composer’s heart despite the fact that he realized how greatly it had been distorted by communism. Panufnik’s works dedicated to peace – Universal Prayer, Invocation for Peace, Procession for Peace – show that the topic was very close to him and that he tried to express his feelings about it in music that was spiritual, often almost religious.