Elegy For DunkirkDario Marianelli
Elegy For Dunkirk | Dario Marianelli
The song is made up of solemn background music by a strings quartet, with the cello playing the main melody, and the hymn Dear Lord and Father of Mankind. The hymn was taken from the poem The Brewing of Soma by John Greenleaf Whittier. Whittier describes the true method for contacting the divine: by living dedicated to doing God’s will, seeking silence and selflessness in order to hear the “still small voice” of God.
“Drop thy still dews of quietness,
Till all our strivings cease;
Take from our souls the strain and stress,
And let our ordered lives confess
The beauty of thy peace.
Breathe through the heats of our desire
Thy coolness and thy balm;
Let sense be dumb, let flesh retire;
Speak through the earthquake, wind, and fire,
O still small voice of calm!”
- Dear Lord and Father of Mankind
The scene in which Elegy for Dunkirk is played sets in the context of the Battle of Dunkirk during World War II, where English soldiers, including Robbie Turner, are waiting to be evacuated. The scene features a bleak atmosphere of the battlefield, with destroyed buildings, flames and smokes, wounded and dead soldiers, and a group of soldiers singing the hymn. There is no dialogue. Later on in the movie, we find out that Robbie dies in Dunkirk of septicemia while waiting for rescue.