IL SILENZIO

Melissa Venema, 13, playing Il Silencio

Every once in a while I just have to play this, 13 year old Melissa Venema playing Il Silenzio in concert, (or here) as the Dutch commemorate the deaths each year of all those Allied soldiers who died for their freedom from the Nazis. Dutch Liberation Day, May 5th, 2008. This is some beautiful music, well worth a listen.

From Wikipedia: “In a cemetery about six miles from the Dutch city of Maastricht lie buried 8,301 American soldiers who died in “Operation Market Garden” in the battles to liberate the Netherlands in the fall and winter of 1944–5. Everyone of the men buried in the cemetery, as well as those in the Canadian and British military cemeteries has been adopted by a Dutch family who tend the grave and keep alive the memory of the soldier they have adopted. It is the custom to keep a portrait of “their” foreign soldier in a place of honour in their home. Annually on “Liberation Day”, Memorial Services are held for the men who died to liberate the Netherlands. The day concludes with a concert, at which “Il Silenzio” has always been the concluding piece.

In 2008 the soloist was a 13-year-old Dutch girl, Melissa Venema, backed by André Rieu and the Royal Orchestra of the Netherlands.”

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