by Kung Fu Zu 3/2/17
The video below is a recording of Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings”, perhaps the most beautiful piece of music ever written. If it is true that one can have a religious experience through music, this is a composition which was composed for such a purpose.
I was introduced to the Adagio some forty years ago, and was immediately transported to another place. The power of the piece is such that, today four decades later, it still touches my very soul.
As I listen to it, the picture which comes to mind is of Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane. I see him kneeling, praying.
Much is written about Christ’s passion and how great a gift was given humanity, but I find words often fail. For me, the Adagio brings me as close to understanding and experiencing Jesus-the-man’s passion as is possible. Through this piece, one can sense Jesus’ yearning to forego the pain, yet if it must be borne, his sublime knowledge that the pain to be endured is the supreme sacrifice necessary for the salvation of mankind. What greatness of soul!
Yesterday, March 1st, was Ash Wednesday, the traditional beginning of Lent, that period of reflection and remembrance which culminates in Good Friday and finally Easter Sunday. Whether or not one celebrates Lent or even believes in Christianity, it is not bad to reflect on what the story represents to the world.
And…If Jesus is the Christ and only begotten son of God, then listen to this piece and rejoice for all earthly pain is as nothing to the heavenly reward awaiting the faithful.
Kung Fu Zu is a conservative prognosticator who has traveled widely and lived outside the United States. He also likes strings of Asiago cheese. • (958 views)