Delusions of War : for 22 string soloists or string orchestra
by Yitzhak Yedid (2014)
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Current tragic events of the continuing unresolved conflict
between Israel and the Palestinians and of the ongoing brutal
battles in Syria have influenced my composition Delusions of
War. Delusions of War is a commentary on
political/religious problems that continue to find no resolution.
The music aims to make the listeners "feel" the human suffering
that the war causes, and, without assuming to have answers, to
encourage them to pause for a moment and to envisage better ways
than force to resolve crises. The music captures emotions of
anger and fear, and feelings of sorrow, tragedy and
I believe that a false conception of life leads to bloody conflicts. A common tendency is to think of one side as the victim and the other as the aggressor, and under this perception, each side justifies its position and the use of violence. This justification lies in delusions and a false conception that war ends the conflict and solves the problems. Each side tries to "break" the other side by using greater force, but as recent events can testify, wars and victories do not resolve the problems, they deepen the animosity, intensify the hostility and hatred and increase the tragedy.
Delusions of War, orchestrated for 22 string instruments, consists of seventeen major sections (musical images) in Part One and ten major sections in Part Two. These sections synthesis and superimpose various approaches and compositional techniques that contrast with each other and often convey extreme changes. Approaches and compositional techniques include a perpetuum mobile toccata, heterophonic textures, canonic textures, as well as the use of Maqamat to semblance classical Arabic melodic lines, imitation of the human voice and improvisation out of ordered pitch collections.
Instrumentation: Violin 1 (6 players) , violin 2 (6 players), viola (4 players) , cello (4 players), double bass (2 players). (Can be amended on request).
Duration: 23 min.
- Has as subject/About: Anti-War
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