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A Symphony to Last a Thousand Years | Great Big Story

A Symphony to Last a Thousand Years | Great Big Story

Jem Finer’s composition Longplayer has been playing continuously for over 17 years. The final bars will be reached at the very end of year 2999. Then it will start over, to again play out its entirety over the next millennium. And so forth.

“Can you imagine what the world will be like in 1,000 years? Yeah, neither can we. But one man has created a piece of music that will still be playing by the end of the next millennium. Composer Jem Finer was always intrigued by the concept of time. So in the year 2000, he decided to commemorate the new millennium by writing “Longplayer”—an everlasting piece of music that repeats every 1,000 years. While Finer won’t be around in 2999 when the symphony resets, his hope is that it will unite a community of listeners across generations—all connected by the soothing sounds of singing bowls.” ~ Great Big Story

How long will there be human ears to listen to Longplayer? How long will the technology to play the music work? How will long-off generations experience singing bowls?

Music to the Years!


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JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She writes fiction about an alpha Bichon named Chester, and his friends–with a dash of humor and a dab of poli-sci. JoAnn worked professionally in the Psychology and Information Science fields. Retired now, she enjoys the creative life.


  1. Rosaliene Bacchus

    If the human species continue on its current path, we will not be around to appreciate Longplayer in 1000 years. A visiting alien species might. Who knows?

    • JoAnn Chateau

      Remember how excited we were at the turn of the century? With hindsight, perhaps the composer was overly optimistic. The 1000-year symphony and climate change would make an interesting juxtaposition in a story or novel.

  2. alexankarr1

    Oh, my days. I’m lately considering embarking on War And Peace: but I draw the line here! It’s a fascinating idea though.

    • JoAnn Chateau

      Thanks for your gut response, Alex. Funny. 🙂 Let me know how War and Peace goes.

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