Moritor pro Libertate (Die for Freedom)

by Trieb

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This song, initially written for Ankhalimah, was responsible for the beginning of a project between Guilherme Klausner and Pedro Drumond.
Ankhalimah had just lost all of its members, for the thousandth time, and was in the process of writing a song for a metal-opera project called In Cineris, which has never seen the light of day. The project was centered in the history of the Inconfidência Mineira, a revolution that begun in the capitania of Minas Gerais, part of the portuguese colony of Brazil. Many people took part in the movement, which failed, including the famous arcadian poet Tomás Antônio Gonzaga, responsible for writing many poems under the penname Dirceu.
Guilherme than called Pedro Drumond, a friend he always wanted to work with, so that Ankhalimah could keep its promises. The work went so well that they founded a new band, Neon Black.
The Inconfidência Mineira inspired many other artistic manifestations throughout the history of Brazil, which achieved its independence from Portugal in 1822. We cite the Romanceiro da Inconfidência, a major poetic work by the Cecília Meirelles, for those interested in that kind of stuff. However, one figure stood tall above all. As the plot failed, the conspirators either ran away or bought their way out of the punishments. But not Joaquim José da Silva Xavier, the Tiradentes (dentist – which was one of the professions he exercised). He faced judgement, was condemned, hang and slaughtered, the pieces of his body placed all over the colony to show what happened with those who rose against the portuguese crown.
When Brazil became a country, the first form of government adopted was a monarchy led by a lineage derived from the Braganças, which ruled Portugal and were responsible for the execution of Tiradentes. The two emperors Brazil had, Pedro I and Pedro II, did a nice job granting our sovereignty, but, as they made choices that angered the slave-owning elite (for example, the progressive release of the slaves, with the freedom being granted finally in 1888), they lost their throne – in 1889.
The republic, in need of heroes, sought in Tiradentes a representative to the new regime. Painted as a Christ like figure, his statue stands in front of the old parliament building in the old capital, Rio de Janeiro.
Today we celebrate the day of his death, of his execution. The republican government, as the portuguese and the imperial governments before, would kill many other freedom fighters. We are well aware that he was flawed, that the movement was flawed, that it was too inspired by the French Revolution. However, sometimes we must look to those men and just think, beyond their opinions, their flaws, about their courage to stand by their ideas.


released April 21, 2017

Pedro Drumond and Guilherme Klausner - Music.
Guilherme Klausner - Lyrics.



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