Adagio for Strings

Written by Samuel BarberUnreleased song

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions



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Song facts

On the second day of the “Get Back” sessions (January 3rd, 1969), Paul McCartney noodled on the piano and played Samuel Barber’s “Adagio For Strings“, waiting for John Lennon and George Harrison to arrive in the studio. He would briefly return to it on January 8th and January 10th.

From Wikipedia:

Adagio for Strings is a work by Samuel Barber, arguably his best known, arranged for string orchestra from the second movement of his String Quartet, Op. 11.

Barber finished the arrangement in 1936, the same year that he wrote the quartet. It was performed for the first time on November 5, 1938, by Arturo Toscanini conducting the NBC Symphony Orchestra in a radio broadcast from NBC Studio 8H. Toscanini also played the piece on his South American tour with the NBC Symphony in 1940.

Its reception was generally positive, with Alexander J. Morin writing that Adagio for Strings is “full of pathos and cathartic passion” and that it “rarely leaves a dry eye”. The music is the setting for Barber’s 1967 choral arrangement of Agnus DeiAdagio for Strings has been featured in many TV shows and movies.

Bootlegs


A/B Road Complete Get Back Sessions - Jan 3rd 1969 - 1 & 2

Unofficial album • Released in 2004

3:21 • RehearsalA • Jan.03 - D1-06 - Adagio For Strings 3.06 - Paul McCartney only on piano

Session Recording:
Jan 03, 1969
Studio :
Twickenham Film Studios, London, UK


A/B Road Complete Get Back Sessions - Jan 3rd 1969 - 1 & 2

Unofficial album • Released in 2004

0:48 • RehearsalB • Jan.03 - D1-07 - Adagio For Strings 3.07 - Paul McCartney only on piano

Session Recording:
Jan 03, 1969
Studio :
Twickenham Film Studios, London, UK


A/B Road Complete Get Back Sessions - Jan 8th, 1969 - 3 & 4

Unofficial album • Released in 2004

1:08 • RehearsalC • Jan.08 - D3-36 - Adagio For Strings 8.105

Session Recording:
Jan 08, 1969
Studio :
Twickenham Film Studios, London, UK


A/B Road Complete Get Back Sessions - Jan 10th, 1969 - 3 & 4

Unofficial album • Released in 2004

2:23 • RehearsalD • Jan.10 - D4-05 - Adagio For Strings 10.75

Session Recording:
Jan 10, 1969
Studio :
Twickenham Film Studios, London, UK

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.

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