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Interesting choice

I've been catching bits and pieces of Band of Brothers during the History Channel marathon today. They just finished the episode where the guys have their first experience with liberating a death camp. One of the prisoners explains that the guards killed as many as they could before fleeing. The brass places the area under martial law, and local civilians -- who have said they had no knowledge of the camp's existence -- are conscripted to bury the camp's abandoned dead. The depiction of this process is underscored by a string quartet, who are eventually seen to be present in the scene and not merely soundtrack.

About halfway through the sequence, I started thinking, Hey, I know this melody. A few bars later, I realized that it's because I've sung it. It's Dido's lament.

The text of the aria, shorn of Baroque repetitions, is as follows:

When I am laid in earth
May my wrongs create
No trouble in thy breast
Remember me
But, ah, forget my fate


It may well be that no connection to the text is intended at all. But I'm going to be pondering it for a bit anyway.

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irish_horse
May. 29th, 2007 02:54 pm (UTC)
Band of Brothers was a powerful bit of film, and that scene is still emblazoned in my mind. Considering the care the producers took with other such touches, I doubt if they were unaware of the lyrics.
wiliqueen
May. 29th, 2007 03:07 pm (UTC)
I suspect you're right, and it makes me curious. "Remember me but forget my fate" is such an unusual sentiment for portrayals of that situation. But then, it was such an unusual portrayal.
irish_horse
May. 29th, 2007 05:06 pm (UTC)
IIRC, one of the GIs was obsessing over "these used to be people" or something like that (forgive me, I haven't seen it since the second time the show was aired). Perhaps the point of it was that we need to remember that they were people and not remember them as faceless corpses in a pile.
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