Hendrik Jan Vermeulen | Krieg

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by Hendrik Jan Vermeulen

Krieg is the story of a German World War One soldier put to music by his grandnephew Hendrik Jan Vermeulen. The album contains original alternative, theatrical pop/rock songs with lyrics by German expressionists like Alfred Lichtenstein and Hugo Ball.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Der Krieg
3:16 $0.99
2. Preußischer Präsentiermarsch
0:43 $0.99
3. Sankt Michel
3:01 $0.99
4. Lazarett
2:12 $0.99
5. Visé
3:35 $0.99
6. Ein toter Mensch
0:55 $0.99
7. Brüder
2:46 $0.99
8. Handgranatenwerfer
3:20 $0.99
9. Im Feldkwartier auf hartem Stein
2:08 $0.99
10. Der Hohenfriedberger
1:03 $0.99
11. Angriff
4:32 $0.99
12. Schwerverwundet
2:24 $0.99
13. Totentanz 1916
1:59 $0.99
14. 1917
2:16 $0.99
15. Im Osten
3:03 $0.99
16. Abschied
3:14 $0.99
17. Totensignal
3:11 $0.99
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Album Notes
Krieg is a commemoration of Hendrik Jan (HJ) Vermeulen's great-uncle, Bernard Kronauer, who went to war never to return. Vermeulen composed music based upon poetry written by Bernhard's contemporaries and tried to capture the essence of the 'Great War' his great-uncle fought and died in. During the making of this album Vermeulen became increasingly aware of the deep, universal human suffering war brings. Krieg is therefore dedicated to all soldiers and their families who, as is written on Bernhard’s death card, thought: “Ich habe den guten Kampf gekämpft” (I have fought the good fight).

Krieg contains 17 tracks, combining German World War One poetry and original contemporary music. A mixture of vocals and spoken-word over theatrical pop/rock music, and some traditional pieces, come together in a gloomy but accessible whole. A carefully designed album cover (LP Gatefold, CD PocketPac) and accompanying booklet provide the lyrics, credits and liner notes in German language. Krieg is available on vinyl and on compact disc.

Apart from composing and arranging the album’s music, HJ plays guitar (electric and acoustic) and bass guitar on Krieg. Native speaking singers from Germany take the vocals for their account. Krieg was recorded and mixed at Dunn Devil Studio (Groningen, The Netherlands) by Bas Mulder.

The following musicians participated in the realization of Krieg:

Frank Fiedler: spoken word on ‘Der Krieg’, contrabass on ‘Sankt Michel’ and ‘Handgranatenwerfer’.
Charlotte Illinger: vocals on ‘Visé’.
Franca Ley: spoken word on ‘Der Krieg’ and ‘Handgranatenwerfer’.
Friederike Linssen: spoken word on ‘Der Krieg’.
Hugo Luyten: vocals on ‘Im Feldkwartier auf hartem Stein’, tuba on ‘1917’ and ‘Im Osten’.
Bas Mulder: piano/keyboard on ‘Preußischer Präsentiermarsch’, ‘Sankt Michel’, ‘Visé’, ‘Handgranatenwerfer’, ‘Angriff’ and ‘1917’.
Janina Raguse: spoken word/vocals on ‘Schwerverwundet’.
Heiko Schmidt: spoken word/vocals on ‘Sankt Michel’, ‘Lazarett’, ‘Ein toter Mensch’, ‘Brüder’, ‘Angriff’, ‘Totentanz 1916’, ‘1917’, ‘Im Osten’ and ‘Abschied’.
Rosie Taekema: cello on ‘Handgranatenwerfer’.
Greta Vermeulen: flute (sample) on ‘Der Krieg’.
Maarten Vermeulen: guitar on ‘Brüder’.
Thomas Vermeulen: guitar on ‘Brüder’.
Marcel Wolthof: drums on ‘Lazarett’, ‘Brüder’, ‘Der Hohenfriedberger’, ‘Totentanz 1916’, ‘Im Osten’ and ‘Abschied’.

Others on Krieg:

“Dear Hendrik, your wonderful and precious work of art has just arrived. [……] This was really a very pleasant surprise and wonderful gift. Thank you very much! My dear Omama Marie would also say the same. I have shared your intensely emotional musical rendition of her poem with my family.” – Ulrich Rudofsky, grandson of Poet Marie Rudofsky (Schwerverwundet and Sankt Michel), Oktober 2016.

“I was privileged to be able to listen this summer to the CD Krieg by Hendrik Jan Vermeulen. A personal and impressive document triggered by the death of his grandmother’s brother Bernhard Kronauer in 1916. Texts by German (!) poets (Heym, Trakl) put to music in original and varied ways in an altogether strong and convincing concept. Original songs by Hendrik Jan but also historic melodies & marches & signals. Serious, grotesque, tonal, a-tonal (e.g. Angriff is based on a 12-tone row): a document which has a unique colour and power. Warmly recommended!” – Harrie van den Elsen, dean Prince Claus Conservatoire Groningen, September 2016.



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