In Sarajevo on the Balkans, the lively streets of the past are empty, and there is no flat area in the market of Vis Misesina. The atmosphere in the sky is still shaking, the glass on the building is still fragmented, The winery of the winery is still rogue… The fire has not stopped, the shells are roaring, the tanks are rushing, the bullets are flying, maybe just in the moment when God is unconscious, anyone can be this lovely and hateful world. Throw into hell.
At four o’clock in the afternoon, there was a person on the street—skinny, a messy, almost ridiculous character, a sad look. He wore a formal concert costume, holding a cello in his right hand and a plastic chair in his left hand, stepping forward step by step, his footsteps were heavy and firm. He walked to the center of the Vis Mickey market, placed the plastic chair next to a crater that was blown out by a mortar, and then stood still and closed his eyes for a minute. Next, he raised his hands, holding the cello’s neck in his left hand, and the right hand put the bow on the strings, and began to play solemnly—the notes were long and the melody was flowing…
At this moment, the sound of the fire was raging. All disappeared, and the world was ruled by music.
Just the day before, at 4 pm on May 27, 1992, the battle of the siege of Sarajevo entered the most intense time. Several mortar shells flew over and over the Weis Mischena market. Suddenly, the entire market was The fire was swallowed up, and a group of ordinary citizens who were waiting in line for bread were hit. There were broken limbs and broken bones everywhere. Blood and bones were everywhere. 22 people were killed and more than 70 were injured. Wadeland Smelovich, the chief cellist of the Sarajevo Symphony Orchestra witnessed the tragedy that took place outside the window. After a great grief, he made a decision: from the next day, at the place where the incident occurred. Playing the Italian composer Tommaso Albinoni’s “G Minor Adagio” – the saddest piece of music in classical music, played every day for a dead person, playing every day for 22 days, to mourn the martyrdom of the war By.
In the face of the roaring shells and the flying bullets, Wadeland Smelovic did not retreat a little. Every day at 4 o’clock in the afternoon, he came to the center of the Visian Mischina market. He was full of grief and calmly played the “G minor”. 》. The cello is so weeping, the heavy notes linger on the streets that leave a crater, and the slow melody echoes in the time and space destroyed by the war. He wants to use music to call people, accuse the cruelty of war and the destruction of human civilization by sinful wars; he wants to use music to inspire people, to maintain fearless courage at the moment of tragedy, and to defend human dignity. He used music to convey a firm belief that war did not destroy everything, the world was not completely lost, and the flowers of compassion were still able to bloom under stupid atrocities.
The Battle of Sarajevo was the longest-running urban siege in the history of modern warfare, which lasted from April 5, 1992 to February 29, 1996. According to United Nations estimates, an average of 329 artillery shells hit the city each day. The highest single-day record was 3,722 shellings on July 22, 1993, killing more than 11,000 people and injuring more than 56,000.
One day, two days, three days, for 22 consecutive days, Wadeland Smelovic is doing one thing every day – four o’clock in the afternoon, at the market of Vis Mickey, or sitting on the street. In the gravel of the stone, or leaning against the broken black wall, playing the “G minor slow board” of Tomasso Albinoni, playing to the desolate street, playing to the car that is torn apart Listening and playing to ordinary citizens hiding in the basement… During this time, he was not sure if he could survive, only knowing that he must do so. Fortunately, despite the shelling of the shells, he was miraculously unscathed.
This scene, captured by a Russian photographer, took a picture: the background is the collapse of the ruined wall, the dark shades of a bright, Wadeland Smelovic wearing a tuxedo, holding the left hand Cello, holding the bow in the right, immersed in the performance of the ecstasy. We can hear the sound of the rumble of gunfire, and the melody of the gunfire: the deep and dignified notes are straightforward, inspiring people with a sense of justice to regain the dignity of humanity and the vitality of peace. In this way, in the war in the Vis Mickey market, a figure formed a statue: cellist Wadeland Smelovic, always standing on the streets of Sarajevo, where the war is soaring.