"The Sorrow of War'- inspired concert to be held in Hanoi

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Vietnamese and Danish artists will join hands to perform a concert inspired by the famous Vietnamese novel Noi buon chien tranh (The Sorrow of War) this Saturday, in Hanoi.

All the works were composed by Nicolai Abrahamsen and Michael Molloer.

In an interview with The Thao & Van Hoa (Sports & Culture), Molloer said he was inspired by Ninh's novel, which describes the destinies and love of people, especially the Vietnamese, during war.

However, he said his compositions aren't about war but love's capacity to make people overcome their destinies and continue living life. When he read Ninh's vivid novel in 2008 the book left an indelible image in his mind of life's joys and pains.

A portion of the 12 selections chosen for the Nhung ngay nang, nhung dem mua (Sunny days, rainy nights) concert were inspired by Saenk kun dit hoved, du blomst (Just Bow Your Head, Oh Flower) by Danish composer Carl Nielsen.

Five Danish artists will perform Western instruments, while five Vietnamese will play traditional instruments.

The concert is part of a project to commemorate Hanoi's millennial anniversary supported by the Cultural Development and Exchange Fund in Vietnam.

Free tickets can be obtained at the Youth Theater at 11 Ngo Thi Nham Street and the Embassy of Denmark at 19 Dien Bien Phu Street.

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