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Sinfonisches Blasorchester Ried (SBO), the ensemble that recorded Chapter 21 in 3.3 days is comprised of Musicians ranging in ages from 9-73. Yes... nine. Keep that in mind while listening.
There is no price for Integrity, or Giving... or Heart. If one is fortunate, Musicians like SBO-Ried take time from their holidays, and offer something that no fee can compensate. To Karl Geroldinger and the fine Musicians of SBO-Ried... thank you for all you have done since we first met in 2003. Thank you for giving so much of yourselves as together we pay homage to lofty Ideals and great Souls, like that of Roberto Clemente.
Somewhere in the many “Storm” scores, sparse wording suggests an almost limitless supply of Heroes to serve as the inspiring subjects of many yet-to-be-written compositions. Such works are designed to honour those Heroes, past, present and future and light the way for those of us who might come to know them. Roberto Clemente, number 21 of the 1955-1972 Pittsburgh Pirates is such a Man, subject, and story.
In Spanish, Clemente means, “merciful.” Shortly after Clemente joined the Pirates, he chose No. 21 for his uniform. Twenty-one was the total number of letters in the name–Roberto Clemente Walker. The Pirates retired his number at the start of the 1973 season, and the right field wall at the Pirates’ PNC Park is 21 feet high in honor of Roberto.
“To some skilled practitioners of this science, (the science of baseball and its measuring) Clemente comes out very good but not the greatest; he walks too seldom, has too few home runs, steals too few bases. Their perspective is legitimate, but to people who appreciate Clemente this is like chemists trying to explain Van Gogh by analyzing the ingredients of his paint. Clemente was art, not science.” David Maraniss from CLEMENTE, The Passion and Grace of Baseball’s Last Hero, page 256. (Highly recommended reading, which will elucidate as best as words can, the sentiment of this Musical offering.)
In untimely tragedy akin to other heroes mentioned within this Chapter 21 Setting, Roberto Clemente’s life ended on 31 December 1972 in a plane crash while en route to Nicaragua with relief supplies for earthquake victims. A humanitarian via deed, Clemente was on the plane to make sure the clothing, food and medical supplies weren’t stolen, as had happened with previous flights. The improperly loaded and manned craft went down off the coast of Puerto Rico’s Punta Maldonado shortly after takeoff. Save for a single sock identified by his wife, Vera, Roberto’s body was never found. For his= “outstanding athletic, civic, charitable, and humanitarian contributions,” Roberto Clemente was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal by the United States Congress in 1973.
While receiving the Tris Speaker award at Mama Leone’s in New York City, Roberto Clemente said, “If you have a chance to help someone, and you don’t, you are wasting your time on this earth.” In the world of sports, the word hero can be used without regard to its classic definition; someone who gives their Life for another. But by the classic definition... Roberto Clemente is a Hero. To that end, and so that many might come to know him and his deeds, this Music is humbly offered...
Enjoy and Godspeed! Stephen Leonard Melillo