”Guernica 2012” – composer Daniel Starr-Tambor, who gave us the solar system set to music, commemorates the 75th anniversary of the Bombing of Guernica with a powerful piece, in which each note represents a life lost during “Operation Enduring Freedom” in and around Afghanistan, using only the fundamental notes and harmonics of the symphony orchestra
I found the dates-as-metronome really effective and the “credits” at the end were sobering and fascinating.
As much as I love a Guernica reference, I’m not sure how well it holds up in this case. Aerial bombardment, yes. Civilian casualties, yes. Prelude to a larger conflict, yes. Testing of new combat technology, yes. Ok, maybe it does hold up fairly well.
Students, what do you think? After reading the “credits” do you want to go back and listen again? Are you surprised by the number of countries listed? How well do you think the Guernica / War in Afghanistan analogy holds up?Source: explore-blog