Thursday, August 23, 2018

Music...



One of my favorite pieces of music is "Ashokan Farewell". Jay Ungar composed it in 1982. I listened to and loved it before it became a famous part of Ken Burn's Civil War series.


 For the back story on this beautiful music: 


https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2015/09/ashokan-farewell-how-a-20th-century-melody-became-an-anthem-for-the-19th/407263/


18 comments:

  1. THat is a good one, and the only place I've heard it was on that program.

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  2. I never knew its name but agree it's beautiful and evocative, something that when I hear it, it takes me somewhere-- just as its writer intended. Thanks for sharing this and the link. A good way to begin this morning

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    1. Rain,
      Thankful it wasn't lost and that Ken Brown brought it to the attention of so many.

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    1. Celia, I am glad you liked it.

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  4. A beautiful piece of music. I heard it first in the film 'Fargo'.

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    1. Nelly, It is beautiful, isn't it!

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  5. Very pretty. I don't remember hearing it before.

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    1. Woodsterman,
      Whoa, where have you been...

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  6. Badgers don't much care for this song. When it is played during the reading of the Sullivan Ballou Letter, it makes the Badger's muzzle all soggy. Yet, Badgers still listen to it. Silly Beasts.

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    1. Scott, Yep, the Sullivan Ballou letter will tug at your heart strings and that's not silly at all.

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  7. This is indeed a haunting tune as is the Civil War when I consider all all the lives lost.

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    1. Joared, I listened to it before it became associated with the civil war documentary so it has multiple connotations for me.

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  8. I too have loved Ashokan Farewell for a lot of years. Have you heard Mark O'Connor's version from his album, Heroes? Beautiful! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDJ21h-iTJs

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    1. Barbar Cat, Thanks for link, I had not heard that version before...beautiful!

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    1. Granny Annie, You are most welcome.

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