A Prayer of William Penn includes a reading of the eponymous prayer followed by beautiful piano music based on an original composition of Frederic Chopin. The piano composition includes Nocturne in C Minor, Op. 48 No. 1 - Lento. It is an example of progressive music in the classical repertoire of Chopin's nocturne collection. This composition intensifies not through ornamentation but through a new textural background. Like the unfolding of a tale, the middle section is told in an agitated recitando; celestial harps come to bring one ray of hope, which is powerless in its endeavour to calm the wounded soul, which sends forth to heaven a cry of deepest anguish. Performed by Anton Kingsbury.
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