Sound of Europe
Salzburg, 27.-28. Jan 2006
"This is your Victory", Remix from "Words that won the War"
By Martin Landquist and Stryngford Syntagma.
This project utilizes audio material to take us back to the roots of the European Union. The first sequence begins with excerpts from one of Winston Churchill’s speeches that BBC Radio broadcast on June 22, 1941. In this address, Churchill tries to convince the listeners that only a joint effort can help defeat Hitler.
In the second sequence, we hear excerpts from the speech in House of Commons on May 8, 1945 in which Churchill announces the end of the war in Europe: “Hostilities will end officially at one minute after midnight tonight (Tuesday, May 8), but in the interests of saving lives the ‘ceasefire’ began yesterday to be sounded all along the front ..." A bit later we hear: “This is your victory ...,” which Churchill shouted to the assembled crowd in a spontaneous speech delivered that same day from the balcony of the Ministry of Health.
The third sequence has to do with the Schuman
Declaration of May 9, 1955 and thus the hour of the European Union’s
birth. In this sequence, oversized facsimiles of documents that assumed
great importance during this first year of the New Europe will be shown
on all screens. At the end, we see, lying open before us, the thick volume
containing the treaty that founded the EEC.
Excerpt of Churchill speech on BBC radio from 22 June 1941:
he ended this speech with:
Excerpt of Churchill speech at the House of Commons from 8 May 1945:
Excerpt of Churchill speech on the balcony of the Ministry of Health from 8 May 1945:
The recordings of Churchill and the music come from “WORDS THAT WON THE WAR,” a CD project by the Swedish artists group STRYNFORD SYNTAGMA.
The CD album “WORDS THAT WON THE WAR”, consists of recordings of some of the most famous speeches during World War II (by Chamberlain, Churchill, de Gaulle and Roosevelt) with a background of newly composed music. The original intention with this album was to make an album that could be used as an educational tool for making teenagers interested in history and the spoken word. It has proved to work!
Full transcript of the speech from 22 June
The Schuman Declaration and the Documents: