Movement 12: The Hope of Liberation and Spring Awakening
Theme: Hope and Rebirth
|This is D-Day,
this is the day.
Fighting will come,
but after this the victory!
Eleven thousand planes,
four thousand boats,
is this the beginning
of the long-awaited liberation?I walk from one room to another,
breathe through the crack in the window frame,
feel my heart beating as if to say,
“Fulfill my longing at last…”
I think spring is inside me,
I feel spring awakening,
I feel it in my entire body and soul. Ich danke dir fur all das Gute und Liebe und Schone.
|Translation: (from German)
Thank you, God, for all that is good and dear and beautiful.
How would you feel after finally experiencing something long awaited? Is there any way to describe such joy?
Theme in other Musical Examples:
Ludwig van Beethoven – Symphony No. 5:
Giuseppe Verdi – Dies Irae:
John Williams – Imperial March:
R. Kelly – I Believe I Can Fly:
Josh Groban – You Raise Me Up:
Is there a way to describe the kind of joy Anne felt on D-Day? Think of a time when you may have felt the same way Anne and her family did when they found out the war was ending.
Examining the Theme and Historical Context through the Text/Music:
June 6, 1944, D-Day, was the largest seaborne invasion in history. The American, British, and Canadian forces planned an attack on the Normandy region of France in order to liberate mainland Europe from Nazi occupation during WWII. This operation began the invasion of German-occupied Western Europe, led to the liberation of France from Nazi control, and contributed to an Allied victory. Anne mentions that fighting will come, but after will come victory. Planes and boats of invaders are beginning a mission that will give her and many others long-awaited freedom.
The second stanza was written in Anne’s diary before D-Day on February 12, 1944. Anne describes herself walking around, peeking outside, and noticing what is happening. She feels spring awakening, the season of change, when flowers rise from the desolate winter weather and breeds new life, when warmth is coming. She feels this warmth, this comfort inside her, through her body and soul.
She then writes in German: “Ich danke dir fur all das Gute und Liebe und Schone” (“Thank you, God, for all that is good and dear and beautiful”). She wrote this on March 7, 1944, just months before D-Day. Not only does this text thank God for victory of the allies, but this phrase can also be used in German to also thank a close friend for all the good times they had as if it were the last time they would see them.