Il Silenzio & Happy Thanksgiving Holiday

David R. Kotok
Sun Nov 20, 2022

“Il Silenzio”
This Sunday we want to follow up the discussion about the euro and our comments about war and Veterans Day. Readers can reference those discussions at the links below:

“Euro, the Dollar, the Bund–Italy Spread,”
“Euro-USD Follow-Up,”
“War & Veterans Day,”

My friend of over seven decades, Jack B., sent a note and a sampling of music that we offer this Sunday, with his gracious permission. We’ll hear a talented young person, Melissa Venema, play the trumpet solo of “Il Silenzio” (“The Silence”), backed by André Rieu and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, in commemoration of Holland’s Liberation Day.
The performance took place in the City of Maastricht, where, in 1992, Maastricht Treaty was signed, founding the European Union. Maastricht is a very special place. It symbolizes the creation of a common currency. It offers hope that Europe can set aside 1000 years of war and find a way to peace. It reveres those who died in defense of freedom there in 1944 and respects those warriors who survived.  When we “give thanks” for what we have and cherish as we gather on this traditional American holiday, let’s please remember those who defend our freedom.  We truly thank them for their service. 
Now to the full story and music for this Sunday, as shared by Jack B.:

About six miles from Maastricht, in the Netherlands, lie buried 8,301 American soldiers who died in "Operation Market Garden" in the battles to liberate Holland in the fall/winter of 1944. Every one 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 mind the grave, decorate it, and keep alive the memory of the soldier they have adopted. It is even the custom to keep a portrait of "their" soldier in a place of honour in their home.
Annually, on "Liberation Day," memorial services are held for "the men who died to liberate Holland." The day concludes with a concert. The final piece is always "Il Silenzio," a memorial piece commissioned by the Dutch and first played in 1965 on the 20th anniversary of Holland's liberation. It has been the concluding piece of the memorial concert ever since.
This year the soloist was a 13-year-old Dutch girl, Melissa Venema, backed by André Rieu and his orchestra (the Royal Orchestra of the Netherlands). This beautiful concert piece is based upon the original version of “Taps” and was composed by Italian composer Nino Rossi.
Wait until the last note is reached.


David R. Kotok
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