Song: Adagio for Strings
Submitted by Roger Millnitz
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
There’s a lot happening in the world. Through it all, Marketplace is here for you.
You rely on Marketplace to break down the world’s events and tell you how it affects you in a fact-based, approachable way. We rely on your financial support to keep making that possible.
Your donation today powers the independent journalism that you rely on. For just $5/month, you can help sustain Marketplace so we can keep reporting on the things that matter to you.