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Composed by
choir, organ, percussion, strings, trombone
With electronics
Music and...
Theatre, Dance
Work premiered
April 2015
Venue of the premiere
Concertgebouw, Brugge (Belgium)
78 minutes

MONU is a multimedia requiem of war composed by Benjamien Lycke to a libretto by Mien Bogaert. The libretto of MONU is a clash between text fragments of the classical requiem, and citations from poets, philosophers and journalists. These citations build a storyline about an individual who is thrown in the world at the end of the 19th century and soon gets acquainted with both nationalism and industrialisation. The individual experiences how Christian morality is replaced by the Homeric code of honour, loyalty and revenge. War is calling and words are translated in deeds. However, standing on the battlefield, the products of the industrialisation, the nationalistic pride and the Homeric code get drowned in mud.