The Saddest Music Ever Written

The Saddest Music Ever Written

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An exploration of the cultural impact of Samuel Barbera€™s Adagio for Strings, the PietAi of music, and its enigmatic composer In the first book ever to explore Samuel Barbera€™s Adagio for Strings, music and literary critic Thomas Larson tells the story of the prodigal composer, his seminal masterpiece and its fascinating history as Americaa€™s secular hymn for grieving our dead. The Adagioa€™s sonorous intensity also speaks of the turbulent inner life of its composer, a melancholic who, in later years, descended into alcoholism and severe depression. Part biography, part cultural history, part memoir, The Saddest Music Ever Written captures the deep emotion Barbera€™s great elegy has stirred throughout the world during its seventy-five-year history, becoming an icon of our national soul.Consider aquot;Amazing Grace, a€ aquot;Mist-Covered Mountainaquot; (played at John F. Kennedya#39;s funeral), a€œMna Na hEirannaquot; by The ... For me, the epitome of Irish music is aquot;Danny Boy, aquot; as played by Keith Jarrett on Tokyo Solo 2002. Jarrett moves between a kind of declamatory statement of the tune and its languorous sentimentality.

Title:The Saddest Music Ever Written
Author:Thomas Larson
Publisher:Open Road Media - 2012-03-06


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