Adagio Book




Barber Adagio:

"To the Best of Our Knowledge"

Wisconsin Public Radio Program

Classical Net Rave

Library Journal Rave

A Conductor's Rave

NPR "Saddest Music" Forum

Richard Gilbert Review

WOSU Interview

A World Full of Sad Music

"Adagio" Recordings

Books on Single Pieces of Music

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Toscanini 1938 Premiere

Leonard Slatkin 9/11 Concert

Choral Version: "Agnus Dei"

Platoon Elias Death Scene

DJ Tiesto Dance Mix

Seinfeld Parody "The Fatigues"


Author's Cut



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Adagio for Strings: Leonard Slatkin, BBC orchestra, September 15, 2001, perhaps its longest and most emotional performance ever.









The Saddest Music Ever Written: The Story of Samuel Barber's "Adagio for Strings," Pegasus Books. Hardcover, September 2010, paperback, March 2012.


The first and second chapters of Saddest Music are excerpted in the Fall 2010 Issue of The Missouri Review.


A YouTube video of my one-hour "Saddest Music" multimedia presentation at Warwick's Bookstore, La Jolla, CA, Tuesday, November 30, 2010.











New from The Saddest Music Ever Written, narrated by Gregory St. John.