Sunday, September 27, 2015

On This Day 27 September

1971 27 September On This Day Led Zeppelin Hiroshima benefit concert
  • 1971 Led Zeppelin - Hiroshima at Shiei Taikukan Hall 
  • 1998 Page & Plant North American Fall Tour - Dallas, TX at Reunion Arena

Led Zeppelin presented the mayor of Hiroshima with a check for 7,000,000 yen ($58,000 US in 2015), the band's earnings from the benefit concert.  The mayor presented Led Zeppelin with a city medal in appreciation.

A thenody is a lament in the form of a song, hymn or poem. It is composed or performed as a memorial to the dead. In 1964, Krzysztof Penderecki said, "Let the Threnody express my firm belief that the sacrifice of Hiroshima will never be forgotten and lost."

Originally entitled 8'37" (the piece is approximately eight minutes long) Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima is a composition for 52 string instruments, composed in 1960. The avant-garde piece's score sometimes directs the musicians to play at unspecific points in their range or to concentrate on certain textural effects. For instance, they are directed to play on the opposite side of the bridge or to slap the body of the instrument.
Sound familiar?

1971 Led Zeppelin Hiroshima

1971 Led Zeppelin presented with city medal by mayor of Hiroshima

1971 Jimmy Page displays Hiroshima city medal

Jimmy Page dressing room door sign, Hiroshima

2015 Jimmy Page in Hiroshima (Ross Halfin photo)

Portion of the score from Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima

♪  Hiroshima video YouTube
♪  Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima (Krzysztof Penderecki 1994) YouTube
♪  Full set (Led Zeppelin , Hiroshima 1971) YouTube

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