I wrote the track above while I was editing synth patches in Ableton Live. As an exercise, I’m going to orchestrate it with just 4 horns, 2 trumpets, percussion and strings. Hopefully I can have the time to arrange it within the next couple of days.
The title is from the poem Champs d’Honneur by Ernest Hemingway.
Soldiers never do die well;
Crosses mark the places—
Wooden crosses where they fell,
Stuck above their faces.
Soldiers pitch and cough and twitch—
All the world roars red and black;
Soldiers smother in a ditch,
Choking through the whole attack.