27: The Ferryman and his unwanted shades of the dead
- Composition by Percy Pursglove
- Geir Lysne (conductor)
Universal and non-verbal
As difficult as it may be to send an unmistakable message of humanity and compassion based solely on the means of music, on sound and rhythm, melody and harmony, the universality of music offers precisely the range of expressive means to accomplish this task. With "27: The Ferryman and his Unwanted Shades of the Dead", Percy Pursglove takes on the paradoxical challenge of speaking the unspeakable and giving expression to the current shock regardless of time.
Light in the darkness
"Music is a very powerful means of raising awareness of current issues," Pursglove writes, "especially in a time of war when many more people are being driven to flee." But at the same time, he does not only want to put his finger in the wound with his music, not only denounce the states that are not willing to fix the reasons for the waves of refugees or at least save the lives of those drowning. Pursglove is also simply concerned with commemorating all those who have lost their lives on their way to a better life for themselves and their families.