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The Children's Crusade


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In the early 1200s two separate large groups of European children were apparently called by God to march to Jerusalem and wrest it peaceably from the hands of Muslim invaders. About 30,000 French children marched from Paris to Marseilles. After setting sail for the Holy Land they were never seen again. A German group of fewer number marched over the Alps, where many died or lost faith, and down the Italian peninsula to Rome, where they hoped for a blessing from the Pope. Instead, he told them to go home. Doomed from the start the crusade drifted apart, some to re-cross the Alps, some to Pisa where they either died or were sold into slavery.
On the other hand, some scholars believe this never happened and the so-called "children" were, in fact, ordinary poor peasants whom the rural clergy referred to as "children of God".
Whatever the truth, this piece consists of tympani, vibraphone, synth and tubular bell.
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PeterB7858 said 832 days ago (November 10th, 2014)
The Children's Crusade
Intriguing back story. Intriguing music. Made me think of the chatter of young children unaware that they were on a doomed march. Thanks, Peter.
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richard13 said 830 days ago (November 12th, 2014)
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I always assumed the story was true, until I recently read that it probably wasn't. Oh well, an intriguing legend should lead to some intriguing music. Glad you thought so and thanks, Peter.
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VicDiesel said 831 days ago (November 10th, 2014)
Story
It's an interesting story but as you say, unlikely to have actually happened.

Good piece of music to go with it though.
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richard13 said 830 days ago (November 12th, 2014)
Unlikely
There must have been some truth to the story for it to have lasted so long, and I'm sure the legend morphed quite a bit in 800 years.
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kristyjo said 831 days ago (November 10th, 2014)
really interesting choice of instruments
yes, I can see this as a soundtrack.
We just did the play "Rats" which is a retelling of the Pied Piper of Hamlin. THAT story is also related to the children marching to the crusades, too.

I like the slightly sinister synth always lurking in the background.
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richard13 said 830 days ago (November 12th, 2014)
Hello kristyjo
I didn't know about the Pied Piper before. Thanks. I did know that "Ring Around the Rosie" is about the plague and find it fascinating the way events are sometimes remembered and history is passed down, even if not always accurately.
I like the slightly sinister synths myself ;-)
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Philip18 said 831 days ago (November 11th, 2014)
The Children's Crusade
Atmospheric piece, Richard. I especially like the timpanis - big drums always add a special mood to music. I enjoyed listening!
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richard13 said 830 days ago (November 12th, 2014)
Timpani
Gotta have timps (tymps?), right?
Thanks Philip: glad you enjoyed.
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davajonah said 831 days ago (November 11th, 2014)
Love the story!
And the music. Very catchy and I think the melody played by the timpani, juxtaposed with the vibes and lovely bells, makes it for me. The sinister synth is great! It sounds familiar. Did you use GB to put this together? I recall using a similar setting some while back, before I got into Logic.

Anyway Richard, really nice tune. Thumbs up.
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richard13 said 830 days ago (November 12th, 2014)
Hi Dave
Yes, I did use GB for this but I don't remember the details as I put it together about a year ago (if you're interested I'll go look it up). So happy you enjoyed it.
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Charday said 828 days ago (November 14th, 2014)
Hey Richard
I could never do this tho I wish I could, really cool soundscape dude and cool story! Jd.
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Moviz said 826 days ago (November 16th, 2014)
Excellent job Richard
my feelings are that they were the 'ordinary poor peasants' who journeyed and who you mention, rather than the children, in that interesting story; but who knows? You really worked the instruments well here to convey that wandering band, cheers M
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XMaramena said 826 days ago (November 16th, 2014)
nice
I like this one. The synth and bells fusion works well!
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paul f. page said 823 days ago (November 18th, 2014)
Marching...I guess
The percussion reminded me of the "Kyrie" sung by the choir boys in the film of "Lord of the Flies." I was hoping, though, that this percussive effect and the rest would have moved somewhere...else...as the piece moved along, but it stayed pretty much where it started. I can, though, hear this accompanying a movie scene, perhaps in a story such as the one that you've described. I think the Pope's response was "choice" for Medieval thinking, but that it wouldn't fly with the present incumbent. Ha.
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