On Dunkirk & the Nature of Heroism

Prior to reading this piece, I invite you to play the below track from Hans Zimmer’s score for Dunkirk, entitled, “Variation 15.” It’s basically a rearrangement of Sir Edward Elgar’s “Nimrod” suite from his Enigma Variations. It’s beautifully haunting and poignant, and, I think, provides the right atmosphere for the words that follow.