The New European Songbook - War and Peace

The New European Songbook - a 2018 multi-platform co-production from the EBU TV Music & Dance Experts' group – features musical responses from across the continent to the centenary of the armistice which ended World War I.

The collection incorporates newly commissioned songs from nine EBU Members, each accompanied by an artistic video concept. The theme for this year's edition linked to the anniversary on 11 November of the end of World War I, with artists invited to composed to texts reflecting on ‘War & Peace’.

A documentary film featuring all nine songs plus interviews and backstage footage in which the artists discuss their responses to the brief will be produced by NRK, while broadcasting rights to the song collection itself are available to all EBU Members.

This is the third edition of New European Songbook, the previous two having focused on the texts of William Shakespease (2016) and currents of migration within and without the continent (2017).

SONG LIST

  • Dark Was The Night Cold Was The Ground – Cari Cari (ORF / Austria)
  • La Jeunesse des MortsBirds on a Wire (France Télévisions)
  • Ein Alter Krieg Sarah Lesch (WDR / Germany)
  • At the Heart of Longing  - Ingrid Olava (NRK / Norway)
  • Conta-Me Dos VivosCristina Branco & André Henriques (RTP / Portugal)
  • Sama - Vladimir Graić & Danica Krstic (RTS / Serbia)
  • We are Sorry We DiedPeter Kernel (RSI / Switzerland)
  • Chant de PaixNoga (RTS / Switzerland)
  • Aláfià – Femi Temowo (BBC / UK)

Broadcasting rights are available to all EBU Members. Contact Matthew Trustram - trustram@ebu.ch

View the songs

The full songbook from all countries can be watched on our YouTube channel.

FT/France

WDR/Germany

NRK/Norway

RTP/Portugal

RTS/Serbia

RTS/Switzerland

RSI/Switzerland

BBC/United Kingdom

ORF/Austria

Duration
9 x 3’-5’, 1 x 52’

Target age
Youth (15-34), Specialist Music

Language
Singers may sing in their native language or in English. Subtitling script available for non-English language performances.

Year of production
2018

Delivery
1 October 2018

Developed with the support of
NRK, BBC

Contact detail

Matthew Trustram
Project Manager
TV
+41 22 717 2623
trustram@ebu.ch
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