Sunday, July 31, 2011

A good way of swearing

The composer Harald Severud had a nephew, who for a while was teaching piano in my home-town Sauda back in the early sixties.
Once his famous uncle came and explained the background for this mighty piano piece.
Back in 1942, while Norway was occupied by the Germans and the Nazi terror was at its worst, Severud felt overcome by both anger and powerlessness.
His father had strongly forbidden his boy to swear, so even as an adult this was not an option.
Instead he composed this mighty Kjempeviseslott, "Ballad of Revolt", which for ever has stood as a symbol of resistance to injustice and terror.
I never learned to play the piano, but I never forgot this concert from my early youth.
These days this "protest music" once more help channelling my emotions.
Thought I'd like to share.


Jim said...

Beautiful Oath by God that you found here, Felisol.
When God makes an oath He really means it. He is swearing by His own Name.

Terry said...

dear does have a protest for sure..the right hand is surely gentle and living it's peacful life before the left hand comes in subtly, disturbing and trying to break that wrong!..too bad towards the end that the right hand is in the territory of the base..oh felisol, you can really feel the struggle, but the right hand does have the last say, far above the left!..and it will in norway!...with the help of the lord! can hear this in the third song following ..harald saeverud's lovely "fanfare and terry

Roan said...

I agree, it is a good way to channel anger. I like the way the piece begins softly and allows the listener to feel the anger building in each note, up to the powerful ending.

Amrita said...

Creativity has no limits.

This is such a moving piece,m specailly th e recurring theme, very bold and pronounced.

The tears of the heart give birth to pure art.

Crown of Beauty said...

Our pain, tears, grief... can never be adequately expressed in words. When my husband passed away, I have realized that words often got in the way. I preferred meaningful silence to empty words. Next to the gentle presence of God, it was really music that ministered to my heart many times.

The video you shared is most touching. Only two hands playing, but each could communicate a message.

Music is the language of the heart.

You are still very much on my prayers, dear Felisol.

I noticed that three of my blog friends have also recently become followers of your blog. This makes me glad for I am really hoping a network of comfort from around the world will surround you these days.


Michelle said...

I just found your blog thru "Yesu's Garden." I am so sorry about the tragedy in your country. I have been and will continue to pray for Norway. said...

Beautiful photo, and the music was a perfect choice for this blog. I wonder how many of our greatest pieces of music weren't born during a deeply emotional time. I know so many of the great composers had such hard things in their lives.

This was very fitting. I continue to pray for healing for Norway.


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