A Tale of Two Adagios

Here is an interesting little article from Music & Vision Daily in which Jennifer Paull tells us that "two of the most celebrated Adagios written during the 20th century have become very widely known under somewhat false pretences." She's referring to Barber's famous Adagio for Strings and Albinoni's Adagio, heard often at weddings. Although Albinoni was a Baroque-era composer, his musical fragment that would later become Adagio was discovered, arranged and published after World War II by Albinoni biographer Remo Giazotto.

What's interesting is that Albinoni may not have even recognized his own piece, if he could have heard it today.

Paull quotes the musical wit Fritz Spiegl, who penned this little poem:

The Adagio of Albinoni
Is largely phony
And is a musical risotto
Cooked up by Giazotto.

Heh heh. And that, folks, is your music/poetry post for today.


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