On this homeland date, in which we commemorate the exploits of young people who sacrificed their souls and lives for a lost war , we remember noble episodes that are not will never erase from our memory. In this note we tell you the story of the pianist from Malvinas who, prisoner of the English, executed the Argentine national anthem to infuse courage to his companions.
Sun Key: Beginning of a Story
It is the story of Sergio Ariel Vainroj, who at the age of 14 entered the Alberto Ginastera Conservatory of Music in Morón , where he went to study piano with master Néstor Zulueta. Since his entry into the institution he did not take off from his faithful companion of life : the piano. While playing every key, I dreamed of being a professional pianist and organist and living on music . But he never imagined his music would give rhythm and color to a unique moment of a bloody war.
Do, re, my flag
Vainroj had joined military service in 1981 and would serve it in Infantry Regiment 3, which then had its barracks in La Tablada. His attempts to approach the Regiment band failed, but their essence was always composed of scores and musical notes. For the time, he was appointed as a pointer of FAP in the C “Ituzaingó” Company.
On the day when the war broke out, Vainroj learned about the situation when he was already landing in the Falkland Islands. There, he joined the Logistics Group of the Regiment, within the Comando y Servicios Company. On the islands, he was always in Puerto Argentino, but going through different points. The young soldier had accidentally carried a recorder, which he had since he had been incorporated into the platoon. That little musical instrument would set limit moments of his life and that of his companions.
With her, Vainroj took care of bringing music to the islands and frightening fear and driving away loneliness. When he could, he played the flute or wrote on pentagramadas sheets different melodies of renowned composers. Something he was doing sneaking, as no hobbies or distractions were allowed that did not have to do with war or strategy .
To the great Argentine people, health
Once the war ended, the picture was more than daunting. The final bloody battles had left the combat camps covered with bodies full of blood . On June 14, 1982, General Mario Benjamin Menéndez signed the capitulation to General Jeremy Moore, commander of the British forces. The war had come, finally! , to an end.
The return by boat
Vainroj was one of the 200 Argentines who were located in the Salon “Meridian” of Canberra . In the midst of the silence of defeat and the mixture of emotions, there was a challenge. One of his companions warned that there was a piano in the room of the boat and, among all, they began to encourage the musician to play some song. Common sense prevented Sergio Ariel from making the decision freely: an Argentine prisoner on an English boat, wanting to appropriate a unique instrument for a few minutes . The account wasn't closing.
But the momentum and musical essence was stronger: he approached the paratrooper who was leaning on the instrument and told him in a rudimentary Englishman: “ I play the piano” , to which the Englishman replied: “Ok” , and lifted the cover that covers and... iacute; to the keyboard. Andrew Vine's book A very strange way to go to war: the Canberra in the Falklands (A very strange way to go to war: the Canberra in the Falklands) by Andrew Vine describes this unique and unexpected moment.
One that we all know
Argentines quietly surrounded the inveterate pianist and the Marines of the Royal Army smiled and even were pleased. Sergio Ariel played Bach's melodies , “ Goodbye Nonino” and even “Let it be” by Los Beatles. Until his partner and friend Claudio Szpin prompted him: “Touch the Hymn! “, and others continued to insist on the order. When Sergio began to execute the introduction of the homeland song, an Argentine officer shouted: “ Soldiers, stand up, don't you listen to the anthem? “. As if they were one man, the 200 stopped. “ The English didn't understand what was happening, and we didn't know if they had recognized the Hymn,” Vainroj once told the media.
The punishment of having courage
The overall climate of the ship changed. The British felt threatened and began to cry out: “Sit down, sit down! “. They called reinforcements that came from different corridors of the ship to control the situation. They distributed all ex-combatants in various cabins as punishment. And from that moment on, they were only allowed to go out once a day for a walk on deck until they reached Puerto Madryn.
39 years later, the notes of the hymn continue to sound on Vainroj's fingers and musicalize the memory of the brave veterans of Falkland.
Argentina, nacida en Córdoba. Investigadora en el área de lingüística. En formación constante sobre las Letras y sobre la vida, gracias a la Universidad Nacional de Córdoba. Mis experiencias en viajes me llevaron a aprender cada vez más idiomas y querer conocer diversas culturas desde adentro. Pienso en la escritura como una herramienta para transformar el mundo y volverlo un espacio justo y equilibrado.