The power of Remembrance

By July 30, 2018 No Comments

The Liberation Concert at the Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial in Margraten is dedicated to the theme of Remembrance this year. Every work on the program speaks of the horrors of the Second World War, but also of strength and hope.

John Williams (1932) is perhaps the most famous composer of film music today and was nominated for an Academy Award no less than fifty-one times. His Hymn to the Fallen from Steven Spielberg’s ‘Saving Private Ryan’ is a tribute to all who have fallen victim to war.

The Czech composer Bohuslav Martinu (1890-1959) wrote an orchestral piece remembering the Czech village of Lidice. At June 10th 1942, 340 of Lidice’s inhabitants were brutally murdered by vindictive Nazis: 192 men, 60 women, and 88 children.

A Lincoln Portrait by Aaron Copland (1900-1990), is a special piece of music with a narrator. Copland used famous excerpts from speeches and letters by president Abraham Lincoln for lyrics. On the 9th of September Mike Yasenchak, erstwhile super-intendant of the American Cemetery at Margraten will perform the narrator role.

Symphony No. 5 by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) signifies fate. But not just fate, because the famous opening theme of the symphony can also be translated to the Morse code for the letter V, for Victory. This symphony has therefore become the musical theme of The Longest Day, the famous American war movie (1962) about the D-Day landings in Normandy.

A wonderful concert to keep the memory alive among younger generations.

Conductor: Fawzi Haimor
Narrator: Mike Yasenchak

Williams – From Saving Private Ryan: Hymn to the Fallen
Martinu – Memorial to Lidice
Copland – A Lincoln Portrait
Beethoven – Symphony No. 5

Free entrance