A large portion of this program has the loose theme of commemoration, to observe the untimely passing of Diana, Princess of Wales, on 31 August 1997. As luck would have it, John Tavener's "Song for Athene" was later included in the funeral service for Princess Diana on 6 September 1997, called by its first line, Alleluia. May flights of angels sing thee to thy rest, because the composer deemed it inappropriate to remember the Princess in Athene's name.

The representative work from the BBC Promenade Concerts is Arnold Schönberg's Friede auf Erden ("Peace on Earth"), from Prom 54, performed on August 28.

The concluding segment of this program commemorates the US Labor Day holiday by spotlighting several different forms of work.

Fanfare I (CD: Praise the Lord) (Gerre Hancock, organ) Heinrich Franz Ignaz Biber: Passacaglia in G minor (CD: Caoine) (Michelle Makarski, violin) Aaron Rabushka: Concerto for harp and chamber orchestra (CD: Music from (Adriana Antalovà, harp; Boluslav 6 Continents) Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra; Milos Machek) Daniel Kingman: Scenario musical II for flute and piano (CD: La Commedia) (Laurel Zucker, flute; Marc Shapiro, piano)
William Byrd: Justorum anime (CD: All Creation (The Princeton Singers; John Bertalot) Rejoices) Herbert Howells: Requiem (CD: Howells: (Janet Coxwell, soprano; Michael Requiem / Vaughan Chance, countertenor; Philip Salmon, Williams: Mass) tenor; Jonathan Best, bass; Corydon Singers; Matthew Best) Henry Purcell: Funeral music for Queen Mary (CD: Close of the Day) March Man, that is born of woman Canzona (Chapel Choir of Hampton Court Palace; Gordon Reynolds) Maurice Ravel: Pavan for a dead princess (CD: The Reiner Sound) (Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Fritz Reiner) Gabriel Fauré: Requiem (CD: Fauré: Requiem) Agnus Dei (Choir of King's College, Cambridge; New Philharmonia Orchestra; David Willcocks) C. H. H. Parry: Six songs of farewell (CD: All Creation Never weather-beaten sail Rejoices) My soul, there is a country (The Princeton Singers; John Bertalot) Judith Shatin: Adonai roi (CD: Divine Grandeur) (New York Concert Singers; Judith Clurman)
Frederick Swann: Fanfare à St-Clothilde (CD: Riverside (Frederick Swann, organ) Revisited) John Tavener: Song for Athene (CD: Innocence) (Choir of Westminster Abbey; Martin Neary) Ivor Gurney: Songs (CD: Delius / Severn meadows (I. Gurney) Gurney Songs) An epitaph (W. de la Mare) The folly of being comforted (W. B. Yeats) (Ian Partridge, tenor; Jennifer Partridge, piano) Benjamin Britten: The Ballad of Little Musgrave and (CD: Bushes and Briars: Lady Barnard Folksong Arrangements (Baccholian Singers of London) and Partsongs) Arnold Schönberg: Friede auf Erden (CD: Great (Berlin Radio Choir; Dietrich Knothe) Choral Works) Giacchino Rossini: Largo al factotum (CD: Rossini: The (Lajos Miller; Orchestra of the Barber of Seville) Hungarian State Opera; Vilmas Komer) Giuseppe Verdi: "Anvil Chorus" (CD: Verdi: (Bulgarian National Il Trovatore) Choir; Georgi Robev) Water boy (CD: Paul Robeson: (Paul Robeson) The Legendary Moscow Concert) Lennon/McCartney: It's been a hard day's night (CD: Mix Well!) (The Gentlemen of St. John's)
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