It was more than a hundred years ago that an end came to the First World War: a drama leaving behind deep wounds and marking the transition from the ‘old’ to the ‘new’ Europe. Although Europe today has never known such a long period of relative peace, in the 21st century we can still see parallels with that earlier time. Inspired by this idea, Wolfert Brederode composed Ruins & Remains, a suite for piano, percussion and string quartet in ten contiguous sections lasting a total of about 70 minutes. This composition uses improvisation versus written score, minor versus major keys, and abstract or tonal musical relationships to evoke human duality. These contrasts come together in the form of a unique musical universe: a musical contemplation about the destructive side of human nature and an ode to its resilience.