For the Fallen
The Lost Composers of World War I

The summer of 2014 marked the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I – a 19th century war fought with 20th century weapons.  The war caused the loss of an entire generation.  One can only speculate on what they might have accomplished!

A stanza from a poem by Robert Laurence Binyon (1869-1943), published in The Times of London on 21st September 1914 is a fitting tribute:

“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.”

The OCCO is proud to present a concert featuring the works of composers and lyricists who were all casualties of the war.  This unique concert will  feature many works not heard since the death of these composers.  We extend our thanks to librarians, arrangers and webmasters from around the world – their assistance has made this concert possible!

The following composers and lyricist will be featured:
Alberic Magnard, civilian, France, killed 1914
William Denis Browne, sub Lieutenant, England, Killed in Action 1915
Enrique Granados, civilian, Spain, killed 1916
George Wilkinson, sergeant, England, Killed in Action 1916
Francis Warren, second lieutenant, England, Killed in Action 1916
George Butterworth, second lieutenant, England, Killed in Action 1916
Frederick Kelly, lieutenant commander, Australia, Killed in Action 1916
Fernand Halphen, captain, France, Died in Action 1917
Lena Ford, civilian, United States, killed 1918
Herbert Matheson, second lieutenant, England, Killed in Action 1918
Cecil Coles, sergeant-bandmaster, Scotland, Killed in Action 1918
Ernest Farrar, second lieutenant, England, Killed in Action 1918

Performance Dates and Locations

  • Florence
    March 8, Sunday, 2 p.m.
    Florence Community Baptist Church
    4590 HWY 101
  • Yachats
    March 13, Friday, 7 p.m.
    Yachats Community Presbyterian Church
    360 7th Street
  • Reedsport
    March 15, Sunday 2 p.m.
    Reedsport Church of God
    2191 Birch Street


All tickets are $10 for adults, (children and students free). Tickets are not specific to any one concert, but good at any of the three performances. All tickets are available at the door. See you there!