Krzysztof Penderecki / Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima

Worth reading these posts by Victoria Kelly about music that changes you.

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“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent” Victor Hugo

I first heard ‘Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima’ in 1987, when I was 14. I studied it at school along with thousands of other schoolchildren of my generation. At the time, New Zealand’s fear of a Third World War was intensifying as tensions between the United States and the USSR escalated. I was relatively ignorant of the political details at the time but I vividly remember films and TV programs about nuclear holocaust – ‘The Day After’ and ‘Threads’ – being played to us in the classroom, scaring the living daylights out of us and haunting our dreams for years to come (and I still wonder which social studies teacher thought that was a good idea).

When we discussed this piece of music at school I remember it serving not only to…

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