The 2011 Norway attacks

Remember the 2011 Norway attacks: Music for comfort and hope

Five years have passed since the two terrible sequential terrorist attacks in Norway on 22 July 2011 known as “The 2011 Norway attacks”, in Norway just as “22 July” (“22. juli”). The lone wolf terrorist killed 77 persons an injured over four times as many.

I haven’t really got anything to add to what’s been said before during the last five years. You come to a point were there’s no words left. It’s all been said before, and even better by others. The important thing is to remember those who died, to honour their legacy, and to never let this happen again. To anybody.

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All I can offer here is music. I strongly believe in the power of music. Music can express love, loss, longing, anger and despair. Music can comfort, help and heal. Music can give people strength and hope.

The days, weeks and months that followed the 2011 attacks really showed the world the strengths of Norwegian society. It also showed that music really can give comfort and hope to people. The terrible facts remain: 77 lives are gone forever, mostly young people. Just starting out on their life’s journey. That’s still so hard to comprehend, even today.

If music can give some comfort and hope to somebody out there struggling I offer five beautiful arias, the first three sung by Pavarotti and the last two sung by the countertenor David Hansen:

  • “Caro mio ben” by Giordani
  • “Che farò senza Euridice” from “Orfeo e Euridice” by Gluck
  • “O figli miei … Ah, la paterna mano” from “Macbeth# by Verdi
  • “Ombra mai fu” from “Serse” by Handel
  • “When I am laid in earth” from “Dido and Aeneas” by Purcell

The photo above is from the Oslo government quarter where the 2011 attacks started. The H block (the tallest building) was housing the Office of the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Justice and the Police (the lowest building is the Y block). The photo is taken in August 2011, under a month after the attacks.

Never forget the 2011 Norway attacks!

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This blog post no. 313 was first published 22-07-2016. Last revision 22-07-2016.

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2011 Norway attacks: Love, loss, longing and despair

Today a year has passed since the two terrible sequential terrorist attacks in Norway on 22nd of July 2011 that killed 77 persons.

Thinking about the parents today. Most of the 77 persons that lost their life that day were young people. Just starting out on their life’s journey. Somebody’s teenagers. Somebody’s children.

When I found this video I immediately thought of the 2011 Norway attacks and the despair of parents and everybody else who lost someone that day.

Sometimes music can heal, comfort or help in situations like this, but also communicate love, loss, longing and despair.

Never forget the 2011 Norway attacks!

2011 Norway attacks remembered

A year has passed since the two terrible sequential terrorist attacks in Norway on 22nd of July 2011 that killed 77 persons. I haven’t really got anything of importance to add to what’s been said before. I tried to put something in writing on this blog one year ago, but wasn’t able to. It was simply impossible.

You come to a point were there’s no words left. It’s all been said before, and even better by others. There’s no use saying anything more. The important thing is to remember those who died and to honour their legacy. To never let this happen again. To anybody.

Sometimes music can heal, comfort or help in situations like this, even one year after it happened. I’ve chosen the same two arias as I did in my blog post one year ago (but other performances), simply because I haven’t found anyone better.

The terrible facts remain: 77 lives are gone forever, mostly young people. That’s so hard to comprehend, even one year later.

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If music can heal

Terrible news from Norway today. Two coordinated attacks from one madman on Friday 22nd of July has killed at least 87 persons. If music can heal, comfort or help in any way I offer these two arias about love, loss and longing.

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Postscript 18th of July 2012:

The blog post above was written early in the morning on 23rd of July 2011.

A year has passed since these two terrible sequential terrorist attacks in Norway on 22nd of July 2011. What more is there to say that hasn’t been said better by others before? Words are hard to find even after one year after it happened. The lack of proper words were also clear in the original blog post above.

As the news came in during the night after I was devastated about the high number of deaths. I had to do something. I had to say something. Even if it were on this blog. These first reports that night said that at least 87 persons were killed that day. Later the total number of deaths were confirmed to be 77 persons. I haven’t changed the original blog post (except for categories and tags) because that’s exactly what were known at the time of writing.

The days, weeks and months that followed really showed the world the strengths of Norwegian society. It also showed that music really can heal, comfort and help in situations like this, but it can’t change the terrible facts: 77 lives are gone forever, mostly young people. That’s so hard to comprehend, even one year later.