Category Archives: 1900

S. Barber – Adagio for Strings, Op. 11 (1936)

Adagio for Strings, arranged for the second movement of String Quartet, Op. 11.
Samuel Barber (United States), 1910-1981.

Featured in films, adapted in other musical styles, it is known as “the saddest classical composition”, and it is often played in funerals given its slow and sad movement.

C. Debussy – Suite Bergamasque (1905)

Suite bergamasque
Achille-Claude Debussy (France), 1862-1918.

It is perhaps my favourite classical piece, specially the Clair de lune movement. Debussy started composing it in 1890 and finished it 1905. It consists of four movements: Prélude, Menuet, Clair de lune and Passepied.

Full Suite Bergamasque

Clair de Lune

P. Picaso – Guernica (1937)

Pablo Picasso (Spain), 1881-1973.

Guernica was painted in response to the air bombings by German and Italian forces in the village of Guernica, in the Basque Country. It depicts the tragedy and suffering of people and animals, some of them with strong symbolisms such as the bull, the horse, the mother and child, that the attacks brought to the village. It was painted by Picasso in Paris, and did not visit Spain until 1981, once democracy ruled in Spain. More info in wikipedia.