Four years. Seventy million soldiers, eight million casualties, two million went missing, twenty million injured. Hundreds of miles of trenches in a sea of mud. Next Sunday we will commemorate the centenary of the end of a war that bled Europe. Guillaume Apollinaire wanted to join the army as soon as the war broke out, but he wasn't admitted because he wasn't French he was born in Rome of Polish descent.
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Welcome to Hyperion Records, an independent British classical label devoted to presenting high-quality recordings of music of all styles and from all periods from the twelfth century to the twenty-first. Hyperion offers both CDs, and downloads in a number of formats. The site is also available in several languages. Please use the dropdown buttons to set your preferred options, or use the checkbox to accept the defaults. In this miniature war-requiem there are moments of determination and manliness although the composer never forgets the soldier is seventeen and not thirty , but it is the sweetness, the humble readiness to die, the yielding to fate, all conveyed in the music, that break the heart.
Read the full Wikipedia article here. Apollinaire is considered one of the foremost poets of the early 20th century, as well as one of the most impassioned defenders of Cubism and a forefather of Surrealism. He is credited with coining the term "cubism" in to describe the emerging art movement and the term "surrealism" in to describe the works of Erik Satie. The term Orphism is also his. Two years after being wounded in World War I, Apollinaire died in the Spanish flu pandemic of ; he was