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Date Published: September 19, 2014
People were dying. Bodies were lying along the streets. Air raid sirens were about to go off at any moment. Nobody was shown any mercy. For Anna, life had always been about music. An aspiring pianist and composer, she studied at the renowned Leningrad Conservatoire under some of the greatest musicians to ever walk the face of the Earth. Her studies came to a halt, however, when Nazi troops surrounded Leningrad in September, 1941, intending to shell and starve the city into submission. She watched as her oncebeautiful city transformed in front of her eyes: people became living skeletons, their only food being a mere 125 grams of ration bread a day; buildings were reduced to rubble, pieces of bricks and broken glass strewn along the streets; cats, dogs, rats, and horses disappeared as people chose to eat them instead. One by one, the citizens of Leningrad were losing hope, and Anna was desperately trying to find a reason to hold on and a way to continue… Sounds of War is a poignant tale about the strength of human determination and the power of great music.
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“I’m glad you’re staying,” he told me in between of one of the pieces.
“Me too,” I replied. I was comforted by the fact that for just a little while more, my life here in Leningrad would remain the same. As the notes rang out in the halls of the Conservatoire, and as my fingers moved alongside Isaak’s on the keyboard, I felt content. Safe. I knew where the phrases began and ended, and I knew which notes came next. The double bar lines at the end of the piece allowed me to draw the piece to an end, and the music notations told me what to do and how to manipulate the sound. I was always in control of the music.
... but I was completely at the mercy of the war.
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