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This weekend on The Wide World of Classical Music we will Remember music and composers from WWI; play songs of peace & serenity; uplifting classics and more. Tune in from noon - 6:00pm with host Michael Wolch.

November 11th is Remembrance Day, the day we we take some time to commemorate those members of the armed forces who died in the line of duty. Remembrance Day is observed on 11 November in most countries to recall the end of hostilities of World War I on that date in 1918. Hostilities formally ended "at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month", in accordance with the armistice signed by representatives of Germany and the Entente between 5:12 and 5:20 that morning. ("At the 11th hour" refers to the passing of the 11th hour, or 11:00 am.) The First World War officially ended with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on 28 June 1919.

I have programmed a couple hours of music by composers who served in WWI, and some songs that are closely connected to the Great War. You will hear Cecil Coles, Ernest Farrar, George Butterworth, and songs like Keep The Home Fires Burning. Some of the music is very reflective and solemn, but there is also a hope that shines through the darkness. Hence, I will follow up the Remembrance Day hours with songs for peace and serenity. After all, the members of the forces sacrificed their lives so we could all live in peace. 

Rounding things out will be some Baroque and Nordic music with Vivaldi, Lully, Berwald, Nielsen and more.

 

Below are a few examples of what is in store:

 

 

 

I hope you can join me on this special Remembrance Day edition of The Wide World of Classical Music, noon - 6:00pm.