the first time i really listened to Samuel Barber’s string quartet i was in my final year of college taking my most dreaded music class: form and analysis. this particular piece was homework: to listen, to analyze, to scrutinize and to pick apart every single note and make sense of it all. i’ve listened to this string quartet at least one hundred times if not more. i slept with this score under my pillow for two weeks straight hoping to absorb its beauty (no joke) – and to this day, i still get goosebumps when i listen, every single time. you probably know the adagio. most people do, even if they don’t really know it. you’ve heard it in war movies mostly-some commercials. it is slow and and it is sad blah blah. but the first movement! oh you must listen to the first movement! i always lose myself from 1:18 to 2:11. to me, this section is an exact recording of the twinkling of the stars and nothing in the world could be more beautiful.
submission inspired by the adventureclubinteractive lost and found assignment: self
(it comes back again at 6:35…and might be even better the second time around…)