A moment of perfect beauty…

Very brief music lesson here…

Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings is one of the most haunting pieces on the planet. If you’ve never experienced it, run (don’t walk) to the library, the store, iTunes, wherever you get your tunes and listen to it. I’ll wait………..

Cool, eh? I thought you’d like it.

What you may not know is that Barber also scored a vocal version of this piece, “Agnus Dei.” Gorgeous, and tremendously hard, considering the voices are doing the work of the strings, but strings don’t have to breathe. I’ve heard a few renditions of this work, and it’s equally as chilling as the string version.

But the one I listened to tonight took my breath away. Found it on iTunes, by Richard Marlow and the Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge from the album Allegri: Miserere. Slower than any vocal version I’ve heard, with massive chords and amazing voices. The climax of the piece (starting about 6:20 and on) left me speechless, especially the almost dead silent chord following the big one. Whoa…

A moment of perfect beauty indeed. 😀


  1. Katie says:

    Ever since I heard that song a few years ago, I IMMEDIATELY fell in love with it and bought an album that has different instruments doing the melody. I’m in the process of buying the choral version and can’t wait to hear it! Thanks for the recommendation. 🙂

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