Once upon a time in the Midwest, a teacher told his 6th grade class to pipe down and watch something for social studies time.
Yay, a movie! we all think.
Only it wasn’t a movie at all. It was the Civil War miniseries by Ken Burns.
Now like many preteens, I was initially ecstatic to have something on a television screen during the school day. But also like many preteens, I was not what one would call appreciative of this thorough analysis of the Civil War. In fact, to keep myself from falling asleep, I’d count how many times “Ashokan Farewell” would play. (I distinctly remember reaching seven times in one episode.)
This was, you could say, my introduction to western period music.
To be clear, I’m not trying to denigrate Jay Ungar in any fashion. This is a beautiful string piece full of love and mourning. At one point…
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