1.20.2009

Music of the Inauguration

I woke up late today and almost forgot when the inauguration was going to happen today. I was pleasantly surprised once I became more sentient and I had a little breakfast by the amount of music involved in President Barack Obama's Inauguration ceremony this morning. The expected additions of the Marine Band and the singing of patriotic songs where there but what I was quite impressed with was the addition of an original, commissioned composition by composer John Williams for today's festivities. It was performed by cellist Yo-Yo Ma, violinist Itzhak Perlman, pianist Gabriela Montero and clarinetist Anthony McGill. "Air and Simple Gifts" is a fantastic and moving piece that was crafted perfectly for the occasion. I couldn't have put together a more unique group of musicians for such a special performance. I was impressed by how effortlessly they played together. I know from experience how much coordination really needs to happen to put a group like that together. I can't wait to learn more about these amazing musical talents. I couldn't resist posting a clip. Enjoy!



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