Poetrysays 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 usesAlexander Comitasas 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.
MyVita Aeterna[Eternal Life] Variationsfor 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 Erafor you and another one, called,Prelude to a Peaceful World, forBelinda, 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 knowDas 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: