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Sunday, March 07, 2010

Barber with a Beat

Who knew the Adagio for Strings had such a following? Apparently Johanna Keller did, and wrote about it in The New York Times. It's an interesting cultural phenomenon, the impact of this piece, and I think she absolutely nails the accross-the-board appeal of the work. To quibble, of course I wish Marin Alsop, Orlando Cole and the Ying Quartet had been a little more front-and-center in the piece, but I get the "Appeal to the Youth" aspect of this article.

And I wish Samuel Barber a Happy 100th--it's coming up on Tuesday. Maybe we can all celebrate by listening to his other works as well? And I'll be sitting here, longing for the day when the Piano Sonata, Cello Sonata, or the Second Essay for Orchestra are lined up for their respective remixes. In fact, I dare someone...

As a side note, I am also glad the Army has seen fit to honor Barber as well.