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KLAAS COULEMBIER | GR5 | HA |
This work was commissioned by the Royal Harmony Ypriana of Ypres. The creation of the work took place during the concert series "Ypres As We Remember" on 30 April 2015.
The assignment for this work was to write a composition that fits in with the commemoration of World War I, without putting war itself at the center but considering how the war is commemorated, especially in and around Ypres.how the war is commemorated, especially in and around Ypres.
In 1920, the Canadian Lieutenant Colonel Henry Beckles Willson published a book entitled Ypres, Holy Ground or British Arms. He describes the idyllic city as it looked before the war and also gives an accurate account of the three 'battles of Ypres'. He also criticizes (then already!) the way that middle-class people from other cities in Ypres opened cafes and taverns to make a profit on the war of war tourism.
In the foreword to the book, Henry Beckles Willson makes an ardent plea for preserving the ruins of Ypres as a kind of open-air museum and memorial. The bombed city would thus be a witness of the war, a reminder for future generations of the frenzied years 1914-1918. The Ypres population, however, proved resilient (hence the title Resilience, Resilience) and decided to restore the medieval city as much as possible.
The story of the work
This composition plays with the possibility that Ypres would have effectively become a large open air memorial. During the opening dimensions of the work Ypres is completely in ruins. The rapid alternation between dreary, dark passages and more uplifting fragments points to the tension between those who want to preserve the ruins and the people who want to take back their normal lives. A slow middle section refers to the scenario where the city would be effectively reduced to memorial. After this musical reflection the lust for life of the townspeople takes the upper hand in a stirring movement. As a final the fast and slow themes are placed on top of each other. Ypres as it is today: a bustling city that at the same time commemorates the commemoration of the past.
- Laureate composition prize West-Flanders 2015
- Winning composition Red Note Festival composition competition Illinois 2019
World creation during concert "Ypres As We Remember", Royal Harmony Ypriana Ypres (31/04/2015)
Recording Harmonieorkest Schelle - Blauwe Zaal De Singel "Cocktail Maison" ( 25/05/2017)
Specifications of the work
Orchestration: concert band
Genre: concert work
Difficulty: grade 5
Running time: 00:08:30
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