Ludovico Einaudi – “Elegy for the Arctic” – Official Live (Greenpeace)
Earlier this summer Italian composer and pianist, Ludovico Einaudi, made history on the Arctic Ocean as he performed his latest composition ‘Elegy for the Arctic’ on an iceberg stage as it drifted past the Wahlenbergbreen glacier in Norway. The ocean which is home to a unique combination of endangered animals and marine wildlife including polar bears, narwhals and arctic foxes is an area of particular focus when it comes to climate change because the effects are already so evident. Destructive oil drilling and over-fishing in the area are adding to the problem.
Einaudi organised the concert in the extreme environment in an attempt to draw attention to these effects of climate change. Through his music Ludovico Einaudi called for the government to do more to reduce the impact of climate changes for our future generations. In doing so he added his voice to the voices of eight million people around the world that are calling for more to be done.
The composer of ‘Black Swan’ and famous television film series “Doctor Zhivago” carefully timed his performance to coincide with the beginning of the OSPAR commission in Tenerife, Spain which among other issues will consider setting up a protected area within the Arctic ocean. The proposed size of the area is10 percent of the ocean, roughly equal to the size of the UK.
‘Elegy for the Arctic’ was a spectacular performance, it was symbolic and moving to watch as massive chunks of the glacier cracked and fell into the water as Einaudi continued to play. Einaudi shared his experience “Being here has been a great experience. I could see the purity and fragility of this area with my own eyes. It is important that we understand the importance of the Arctic, stop the process of destruction and protect it.”
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