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Twilight Music: Gavin Bryars, “The Sinking of The Titanic” (1975)

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This stunning, morose twenty-five minute long piece is a somber, haunting work of art. Its slow, mournful string section is enhanced by the distant sounds of people talking, all the while growing quieter and quieter. Much like its subject, this piece is majestic and sublime, yet heartbreakingly sad. It’s also an early Brian Eno production, and as it was Bryars’ debut release, it’s one helluva impressive introduction.

I should also note that I heard this piece for the first time in the days after 9/11 on my local NPR affiliate. In its own way, the music fits that tragedy, too.

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