Song: Adagio for Strings

Submitted by Roger Millnitz

Linclon, Ne.

My travel is mostly by car, and I listen to one of three things: First, Nebraska Public Radio, which I can listen to all across Nebraska. Second, XM Radio either the Broadway station, or 40's music. And third, Barbershop CD's from the best of the quartets in the world.

Song is life for me. I sing in my church choir, the best barbershop chorus in Nebraska, and in my own quartet. As far as "a song" that is important to me and moves me every time I hear it, Barber's Adagio for Strings knocks me out. I also love the vocal version of it. I first heard it, or took note of it, on a Memorial Day weekend on Public Radio. Then I paid more attention to it as the underlying theme of "Platoon." The way the strings build in pitch and volume as the piece moves on really gets to my heart in a way I can't explain.

  • Adagio for Strings - Samuel Barber

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