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Shrine of the Fallen

(Kiev, 2014)
Brian Balmages
Grade: 4

Written in response to the tragic events in Kiev in 2014, this music draws on the old Ukrainian folk song Plyve Kacha, which became an anthem for many protestors as a symbol of national pride while also mourning the fallen. Described by the composer as Arabian Dances meets Moscow, 1941, the music is incredibly powerful yet introspective. Quotes of the Ukrainian National Anthem add to the intensity of the music, which features the instrumentalists singing in 4-part harmony at the very end of the piece. Absolutely stunning. (7:30)

Audio Only:
Item No.
Full Set: B1664 85.00
Score Only: B1664S 12.00