On the 3rd of July in 1940, Joseph Stalin's Soviet Union (USSR) occupied the Romanian
region of Bessarabia, which is now known as Moldova. On the same day, the Bessarabian
Orchestra was returning home from a tour abroad. When they reached the railway station,
the invaders had already taken over Bessarabia. The USSR soldiers forced the musicians
to trucks and transported them to a town called Valea Morii. There, they were executed without trial.
This opus is a reminder of this historic episode, being a memorial dedicated
to those musicians who become victims of invaders on that day. Instrumentation
1110 0000 01 1, pno, str [afl, ehn, bcl] Category
Works for Orchestra or Large Ensemble Opus no.
Op. 17 Premiere
Helsinki City Hall, March 17, 2013. Commisioned by / dedications
Commissioned by Jani Lehtonen. PDF for promotional use
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