Bram Kortekaas: 'Dulce bellum inexpertis' by the Residentie Bachkoor

The young composer Bram Kortekaas was commissioned by the choir to write the piece 'Dulce bellum inexpertis', after Erasmus' pacifist pamphlet. It ties in musically with Bruckner in that it was written for the same instrumentation. According to Kortekaas, who also studied political science, we can learn from Erasmus' text, which means: 'War is sweet only to those who have not experienced it'. "People often start a war with the idea that they have something to gain, but in the end the costs always outweigh the benefits. Erasmus is not saying you shouldn't defend yourself. But for starting a war, he cannot think of any good reason. I think the war in Ukraine is a good example of this. We must do everything we can to prevent armed conflict," he said.

Ode to mankind

In the four-part composition, we hear a hymn to the nature of man, who, according to Erasmus, is the only living being born for friendship. But also the 'tatarata' of battle trumpets as a recurring theme. Kortekaas: "The last part sings of all the good that peace brings us, but also of man's tendency to fall into the trap of war." The choir will be accompanied by horns from the Residentie Bach Orchestra. The whole performance is conducted by Jos Vermunt.

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