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In writing this trio I was inspired by "Mury" (meaning "Walls") a protest song by Polish singer Jancek Kaczmarski, the Chorus reads:
Wyrwij murom zeby krat!
Zerwij kajdany, polam bat!
A mury runa, runa, runa
I pogrzebia stary swiat!
Pull the bars from the walls!
Loose the chains, break the whip!
And the walls will fall, fall fall!
And will bury the old world!
The song was adopted as an anthem for the Polish Solidarity movement in the 1980s, which went on to form the first non-communist government in Poland since the Second World War. The success of Solidarity lead to anti-communist uprisings across the eastern block. As when the trumpets sounded at Jericho the walls eventually fell, but in peace not war.
Commissioned by the SMP ensemble for "Podroze-Journeys" in 2009.