Work of the Week - Fazıl Say: "1914" – Overture

On 21 November, Orchestre National de Belgique conducted by Andrey Boreyko will premiere Fazıl Say’s new work "1914" – Overture in Brussels at the Salle Henry Le Bœuf in the Palais des Beaux-Arts.

The work was commissioned by the orchestra as part of the project "14-18" which marks the centenary of the beginning of the First World War. Ten composers from every country involved in the war have been asked to contribute a piece for the project which both stands for reconciliation and is a reflection on the horrors of the Great War. In "1914" – Overture, Turkish composer Say empathises with the younger people who fought on the frontline in 1914:

My work is about an event which moved me a lot: In Istanbul in 1914, all the boys from one school between the ages of 14 to 17 were sent to the front. Not a single one returned. War is brutal, a cacophony of noise and yelling. In composing "1914" – Overture, I tried to put myself in their position by mimicking the sounds of war in my music and trying to understand the brutality that they faced.  - Fazıl Say

In the same concert, Orchestre National de Belgique will also be performing Brahms' Ein Deutsches Requiem together with Düsseldorf’s Chor des Städtischen Musikvereins – a natural collaboration and symbol of peace today between two nations who were once at war.

(11/17/2014)

 

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Work of the Week - Fazıl Say: "1914" – Overture

On 21 November, Orchestre National de Belgique conducted by Andrey Boreyko will premiere Fazıl Say’s new work  "1914" – Overture  in Brussels at the Salle Henry Le Bœuf in the Palais des Beaux-Arts. ...

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