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Christmas Eve Sarajevo - Trans Siberian Orchestra

This is an an instrumental medley of "Carol of the Bells" and "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" First released oin 1995 as "Christmas Eve (Sarajevo 12/24)." It was re-released by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, a side project of several Savatage members. 

The piece describes a lone cello player playing a forgotten Christmas carol in war-torn Sarajevo.Paul O'Neill explained in an interview as follows:

We heard about this cello player born in Sarajevo many years ago who left when he was fairly young to go on to become a well-respected musician, playing with various symphonies throughout Europe. Many decades later, he returned to Sarajevo as an elderly man—at the height of the Bosnian War, only to find his city in complete ruins.

I think what most broke this man's heart was that the destruction was not done by some outside invader or natural disaster—it was done by his own people. At that time, Serbs were shelling Sarajevo every night. Rather than head for the bomb shelters like his family and neighbors, this man went to the town square, climbed onto a pile of rubble that had once been the fountain, took out his cello, and played Mozart and Beethoven as the city was bombed.

He came every night and began playing Christmas carols from that same spot. It was just such a powerful image—a white-haired man silhouetted against the cannon fire, playing timeless melodies to both sides of the conflict amid the rubble and devastation of the city he loves. Some time later, a reporter traced him down to ask why he did this insanely stupid thing. The old man said that it was his way of proving that despite all evidence to the contrary, the spirit of humanity was still alive in that place.

The song basically wrapped itself around him. We used some of the oldest Christmas melodies we could find, like "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" and "Carol of the Bells" (which is from Ukraine, near that region). The orchestra represents one side, the rock band the other, and single cello represents that single individual, that spark of hope.


Reverie Forum
Obsessive 24 – Reverie
I loved the way you cut to the music. Instrumentals are always challenging, but I thought you did a fantastic job of acknowledging all the dynamics and using effects in a consistent, thematic way to retell the story. The flow is gorgeous and I really love the way you used both source and added motion. The whole vid flows beautifully, especially the sex scene - all those cross-dissolves on the source movement just make it so fluid and a joy to watch. This is a gorgeous episodic and one of my favourites I've seen from you yet! 
Also, I loved where you ended it. It's an inspired choice and leaves a lot for the viewer to think about for themselves.

BBM Awards
Cec: The song is a perfect choice. I love the echoy effects, the sepia toning and the fast, smooth editing. You do a great job of making the video in editing, effects, and scene choice a perfect visual display of the song. I love (like around 2:15) where the song gains intensity and the scenes are extra dramatic! Perfect job! Incredibly original!
Kaycee: The sepia-toning and beginning scenes went well with the old-timey sound of the song. I just loved the overlay of the candles at about 1:27. This is such a powerful song and you made the video just as intense! Very clean editing on this video. I'm impressed...loved it!

A very haunting and also unique look at the episodic. It was amazingly well put together and the scenes just match the accelerating rhythm of the musical piece. The song choice was well chosen since it was a major contributor to the mood throughout the video. Amazing video!

POTH Awards
This is a very interesting episodic. I liked the use of ghosting and the color changes showing 2 worlds into one somehow. nice work.

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