A Symphony to Last a Thousand Years | Great Big Story - Curating Videos
Written by JoAnn Chateau

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!

About the author

JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She sometimes writes fiction about Chester (the Alpha Bichon) and his friends -- with a dash of humor and dab of Poli-Sci. JoAnn's views and insights are tinted by her past profession in Counseling, Christian theological studies, and Library and Information Science training. Retired now, JoAnn enjoys the creative life.


  • 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?

    • 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.

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