Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
Welcome at a new episode of Carpe Diem's daily haiku-meme. This month we are trying to find inspiration in classical music of all ages and of all over the world. Today I have that "all over the world" taken very literal, because this composition by Einar Englund is titled "The Great Wall of China".
|The Great Wall of China (photo taken from the Internet)|
|Einar Englund (1916-1999)|
Let me first tell you a little bit more about Einar Englund, before we listen to this beautiful composition "The Great Wall of China".
Sven Einar Englund (1916 – 1999) was a Finnish composer. Sven Einar Englund was born at Ljugarn in Gotland, Sweden. He married twice: in 1941 to Meri Mirjam Gyllenbögel, who died 1956 (they had one son and two daughters including the ballerina and choreographer Sorella Englund); and in 1958 he married Maynie Sirén, a singer, with whom he had one son.
He was 17 when he began studies at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki in 1933. Already a considerable pianist, he continued his studies with Martti Paavola and Ernst Linko while studying composition with Bengt Carlson and Selim Palmgren.
Following his graduation in 1941, Englund was conscripted into military service. During his time in the Finnish Continuation War he was wounded in his hand, which almost brought to an end his hopes of pursuing a career as a concert pianist. He would often recall the bizarre, though life-threatening incident, with a smile. Einar Englund died June 27, 1999 in Visby, Sweden. He has created a lot of music sure worth listening to. (Video by Wellesz Opus)