BC Professor Composes a Cantata to Commemorate the Outbreak of WWII

Assistant Professor Ralf Gawlick Photo by: Lee Pellegrini

Written by Boston College Assistant Professor of Music, Ralf Gawlick, Kinderkreuzzug (Children’s Crusade) is a cantata commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the Outbreak of WWII. The free concert will take place on April 10th at 7:30pm in the St. Ignatius of Loyola ChurchKinderkreuzzug is a dramatic 40 minute cantata for children’s voices and small chamber ensemble including clarinet, string trio (violin, viola and cello), church hand bells and organ.

A cantata on Bertolt Brecht’s anti-war literary crusade, Kinderkreuzzug, depicts Brecht’s children whom still walk and suffer in our collective conscience. Professor Gawlick comments that “Although my music may not give bread, it may just harbor their hope, and ours, for the extraordinary.” The story is simple: in 1939, fifty war-orphaned children embark from Poland in search of a land of peace… Brecht’s socio-political commentary is as relevant today as when it was first published in 1941.

In addition to BC’s own Professor Gawlick, there are three children’s choruses involved in the project: The Treble Chorus of New England, Youth Pro Musica, and the Dormund Choir, whom will premiere the work on April 10. Sponsors and supporters include the Jesuit Institute, Boston College, the Institute of Liberal Arts, the German Consulate General, as well as the Boston and Munich Goethe Institutes.

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