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A Visit with Wise Geek - Famous Violin Pieces

Although I don’t play the violin, I do enjoy listening to violin music. I also enjoy browsing the web to learn more about the instrument and its repertoire. 101 more words


Samuel Barber 'Adagio for Strings': Diving into an Emotional Abyss

Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings (1936) was originally written as the second movement of his String Quartet in B minor (Op. 11), however in the same year Barber rearranged this movement for a full string orchestra . 815 more words

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Sound and The Hard Problem

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Monday Morning Musings:

 “Out, out brief candle!

Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player

That struts and frets his hour upon the stage…

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The Strange Genius of the Adagio for Strings

Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings didn’t start out the way we know it now. In this feature for WRTI, I look at the inescapable strangeness of this work that is now one of the most heard and most moving pieces in the repertoire. 240 more words

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