An exploration of the cultural impact of Samuel Barberas Adagio for Strings, the PietAi of music, and its enigmatic composer In the first book ever to explore Samuel Barberas Adagio for Strings, music and literary critic Thomas Larson tells the story of the prodigal composer, his seminal masterpiece and its fascinating history as Americaas secular hymn for grieving our dead. The Adagioas 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 Barberas 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), aMna 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|
|Publisher||:||Open Road Media - 2012-03-06|