Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Musical Tribute to Sabine McNeill (Hampstead Whistleblower) by Eduard de Boer

When all Words Fail, Say it in Music: Coming to Light and Prelude to a New Era


Poetry says in rhyme and rhythm what prose cannot express: eternal truth in verbal beauty. Goethe said that it is a gift from Heaven to be able to write poetry.
Writing music must be a gift from Super- or Über-Heaven, as it adds emotional impact of the spiritual beauty of sounds to the meaning of words and ideas.
The Dutch composer Eduard de Boer who uses Alexander Comitas as his artistic name, had worked on Coming to Light before reading about the Hampstead case. He writes:
This seemed all the more apt, since the Walpurgisnacht is an important date for satanists. And since satanic rituals have everything to do with raping and killing children, I felt the impulse to transcribe the piece for brass band when I heard about the Hampstead case, and dedicate this version to the whistleblower kids. I thought that in doing so, the music and with it the story about these children would reach the British musical world.
My Vita Aeterna [Eternal Life] Variations for brass band had just been the test piece for the 2014 British Open for brass bands, and it had been very positively received, so I thought that a new composition for the medium would find its way in that country. But so far, neither version has been performed. This apparently needs some more time.
Having finished the transcription, I also wrote two Preludes, one calledPrelude to a New Era for you and another one, called, Prelude to a Peaceful World, for Belinda, since you were two of the key players in the Hampstead case and I admired what you were doing.
In the meantime, you had posted some of your favourite poems on one of your blogs; poems that were of comfort to you during difficult moments. And so I got to know Das Leben, das ich selbst gewählt, a wonderful poem, and exactly on my wavelength, too.
So I decided to ‘try again’ and set it to music. Instead of a whole wind band, I would only need a singer to have the piece performed, since I could play the piano part myself.
The song was premiered in Augsburg, and as coincidence would have it, your Prelude was premiered one week later, by a friend of mine and one of his wind bands. That’s the story why there are now suddenly two pieces dedicated to you on the internet:

May you find your inspirations, too, in these difficult times!
KNOWING about eternal life and understanding its ‘mechanisms’, Ed writes:
Once you are aware that this is how the universe works, you will no longer be so stupid as to hurt people or act selfishly on purpose, because you then know that in doing so you do damage to yourself.
It seems that not only you, but in fact everyone who sticks out his or her neck to uncover the truth gets smear-campaigned.
This poem, together with the song, is therefore also an answer to all kinds of ‘illogical’ accusations.