Friday, May 8, 2009

Adagio for Strings With a Twist

7 comments:

sunshine said...

God I wish my arms looked like hers... Mine look like a leg of lamb or something. :(
Laura

Utah Savage said...

You made me laugh so hard I nearly choked.

Suzan said...

Me too!

(Tears streaming down face . . . .)

Utah Savage said...

Hi Susan!

Ghost Dansing said...

awesome

Utah Savage said...

Ghost, I've shown you something new? I'm amazed.

Steve Emery said...

Interesting - and I can definitely understand her fascination with that progression - it's one of the most haunting gradual climbs I know in music. But by the end of her performance I was itching all over waiting for what I realized is my favorite aspect of the Adagio for Strings... It's at the END of each of the series of notes, when the piece turns corners so unexpectedly (and gracefully, like the change of light when a cloud passes), like the odd finishing notes of a wood thrush's call. If you listen to the Adagio played straight (after hearing this) you might hear what I'm talking about compared to this talented improvisation.

It's as if the progression of notes were a side of a gorgeous polygon. In this rock version the sides have been taken apart and are played separately, so you notice them (and their beauty) more. But the polygon is missing - and so when you go back to the straight version of the Adagio maybe you can see the polygon more clearly than before. I know I now can.

Thanks!