11 June 2009


I was not sure whether to put this in my Continual Journeys blog or to place it here, but after seeing a deeply moving YouTube video with Auf dem Gebirge hat man ein Geschrei gehöret by Heinrich Schütz, it seems more appropriate to the topic of peace than to journeys.

Here is the link

If you are unfamiliar with this piece of music, I'd recommend opening the more info part of the YouTube page. You will then be able to read the lyrics and see comments by the conductor of the performance, who is also the producer and uploader of the video, Michael Holmes.

Heinrich Schütz was born in 1585 and died in 1672. Although he had a long and productive life, he also experienced the horrors of the Thirty Years' War (1618-1648). Schütz travelled to Venice and Copenhagen but is most associated with Dresden.

The artistic and scientific heritage of Dresden is of world importance. Many refugees went to the city in search of safety during the Second World War. You may be aware of what happened there in the middle of February 1945.

Why did it happen? Why are similar events still happening today?

Wikipedia - Heinrich Schütz

Wikipedia - Thirty Years' War

Wikipedia - February 1945 in Dresden

What can we do to raise human experience above its regular episodes of barbarity?


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