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A Musical Life with Hugh Sung

Pianist Hugh Sung shares stories about making music and what moves our souls. Featuring interviews with musicians from a wide variety of genres, including Classical, Folk, Rock, Jazz, and beyond. Visit http://amusicallife.com for all episodes and show notes. New episodes coming every Monday.
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Sep 24, 2015
001 - A Lonely Song

What’s your go-to song when you feel lonely? Does hearing or playing that song reinforce sad feelings, or does it actually inspire something beautiful out of isolation? This episode is about one particular song that I think epitomizes so many different aspects of being alone.

The Adagio assai from Maurice Ravel's Piano Concerto in G major is one of the most beautifully poignant pieces of music ever written. I wanted to adapt it for solo piano so that I could have it with me whenever I felt the need to express a lonely sentiment or explore the beauty of isolation. Here is a video performance of my arrangement:

What songs are you drawn to when you feel lonely? It doesn’t have to be a classical piece, it can be any song that really resonates with you when you’re feeling alone. Email me at stories@amusicallife.com or share your experiences with lonely songs in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you.

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Masterworks Festival is a 4-week Christian music festival that brings together both professional and student soloists and orchestra players with the goal of inspiring them to grow spiritually as well as musically. Visit www.masterworksfestival.org for more information.

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