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1744: A demonstration by the railway station

1744: A demonstration by the railway station

St. Petersburg demonstration reimagined by Sirpa Jokinen.

"The inspiration to record and make a composition of this demonstration came from personal history. As a child I visited, first time as 6 years old in the 1960's, the Soviet Union with my mother. We travelled to St.Petersburg with a ship. There everything was grand. I remember the Dance by Henri Matisse in the mighty museum of Hermitage. I nearly fainted of tiredness seeing so much art and sat on a chair in front of this painting. The red flags also made an impression and the word communism was engraved in my mind.
Many years later in 2012 I saw this communist demonstration from the front steps of the main entrance of the Finland Railway Station in St.Petersburg when heading back home.
It was raining and these 30-40 people stood in middle of traffic with microphone and equipment to play the 'Internationale' from tape. I think the fireworks also came from a recording, I did not see any. The composition was made with record