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Sitting outside at a country festival, I heard the first bars of Barber’s Adagio for Strings and began to cry

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Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings is possibly the saddest piece of music ever composed. Its downward slope starts just with a B flat on the violin, the melancholy swelling with the introduction of the viola, then cello. Its magic lies in its ability to hold tension – a quiver that doesn’t quite …

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