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!