Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Ashokan Farewell


a hauntingly beautiful song...

8 comments:

Peajay said...

Thank you HGF, this is my all time favourite piece of music and is even set as my ringtone. It's the kind of piece that transports you to a different time and place.

His Girl Friday said...

Hi Peajay,
the wee one plays this on her violin; it's one of my favorite songs as well. :)

This is another presentation of the song.
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=7aj7Qh1Uu3w&feature=related

A Civil war soldier's (actual) letter to his wife is read with the song playing in the backround. It's written most eloquently and heartfelt, and is bittersweet as the soldier is killed the following week at the battle of Bull Run.

The way these people wrote is so rich in comparison with today's written word, and we won't even go into text speak! :/ :)

Peajay said...

I first heard the tune when we saw the Royal Marines in concert and then found it on the Civil war CD which was from a tv programme. This version featured the letter from Sullivan Ballou to his wife and combined with the music is enough to move the listener to tears. It creates an image through his words of such abiding love that remains even after the passing of the loved one that will stay with me forever. Words can be such powerful tools.

Endlessly restless said...

HGF - this is one of my favourite pieces of music too! I've been listening to it over and over again, since I read your entry about an hour ago.

It also prompted me to post an entry about it.

Wonderful!

Thank you very much.

Scots said...

haven't ever heard that before ... in a word .... gorgeous!

Rory said...
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Rory said...

Heh, I always find it a little odd when other people use my video for the Ashokan Farewell theme. Though I do highly agree it is one of the best songs I've heard played on the fiddle in generations.

His Girl Friday said...

Hi Rory,

I grew up with stories from the Civil War from my grandmother. Her Grandmother was a child during the civil war, and passed down the stories.
Your video was very well done in combining pics with the music for the overall feeling. So, hey, I picked the best one!

sorry if I didn't give credit where credit was due, but I am glad you stopped by.