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War Rhapsody

Hasić evokes four thematic moods throughout this rhapsody. In the beginning, playful children are interrupted by the arrival of helicopters and tanks. The sad and difficult theme conjurs evil, slavery, camps, and then the lamentations of women and ambulances that cannot reach their destinations. After a brief moment of optimism, an even more difficult second theme signifies the loss of all that is sacred, both materially and spiritually. Next, the piece again returns to optimism and reiterates the first theme with direct modulation and without a fine transition, illustrating the endless circle and senselessness of war. In the end, the accordion is left almost by itself, representing the loss of nearly everything during war.

 

Waltz for Orphans

This restless waltz represents two children, a brother and sister, who are orphaned during the war. Eventually, however, they realize that they still have each other and that they are not quite alone in the world.

 

My Country

In this three-piece composition in a three-piece light-tempo measure, the composer asks:

In the name of the father, the son, and the holy spirit, why?

Why war?

Why homeland, nation, culture? Why?

Why do innocent children, people, women suffer?

Why war?

 

Say No to Racism

The song is in an irregular 7/8 rhythm, but over time 7 and 7 become 14, so in the end it becomes regular and even again. The three-piece composition is organized with very clear melody and harmony.

 

My Tears

A heavy, melancholy melody represents sadness to the point of tearlessness and the inability to stop wars and destruction.

 

Scheherazade 1001 Nights

This piece is inspired by a story of the king Shahryar from One Thousand and One Nights, who hated the entire female gender and would take a new virgin wife every night only to have her killed the next morning. A woman named Scheherazade offers herself to the king and asks him if she can say goodbye to her sister. Scheherazade then begins telling a tale to her sister, which she stops before dawn. The king, immersed in the story, keeps the sister alive so that Scheherazade may finish the tale. This goes on for 1001 nights, during which the king falls in love with Scheherazade, sparing her life and making her his queen.

 

Stranger

No matter the country, we were once all strangers in a strange land.

 

Tornado

The composer mimics the takeoff of an airplane, the flight itself, the powerful thrusts, the expert maneuvering, the security, the technique, the bringing of peace and the victory of humanity, of humanity over evil, and the strength of alliance.

 

Migrants

The composer conjures a migrant’s route as they escape from war and the troubles along their path: uncertainty, wire fences, inaccessible mountains, finding waters, disease, and the arrival in a new environment, which then requires adaptation to a new lifestyle and culture. The piece makes use of illogical harmony, Jewish, and Gypsy scales, and polyrhythm to emphasize tension and uncertainty.

 

Improvisation for Freedom

Four chords rotate nonstop below improvised harmonica in a critique of the world powers for not agreeing to bring an end to all human suffering.

 

Covid 19

The composer states that he is most afraid of illness. By keeping silent in this composition, he pays tribute to those who died of a vicious disease. We can try to earn money to buy everything we want, but the greatest wealth is health, happiness, and love. — Semir “Sammy” Hasić

 

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