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Re: Nixon's Walk
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• Posted by: Sarah   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Sunday, June 16, 2002, at 9:55 a.m.
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• In Response to: Nixon's Walk (Stymee)

> Hi I'm looking for the orginal composer and song title for Nixon's Walk.

> It's a famous song and I've been trying to find out who wrote this for
> over a year.

> thanks

> stymee

I seem to be the only person in the entire Internet community who has identified this piece. It's incredibly obscure: Dido's Lament from the end of an early opera by Monteverdi called Dido and Aeneas. Opera was composed around 1600. The Lament (that might not be the actual title of the song) occurs way at the end of the opera. Dido's lover Aeneas has left her and she sings this song before she kills herself. I pointed this out on some of the discussion boards and am simply amazed that no one else has identified it.

(I am no expert on early opera but heard this music on a set of music tapes I was listening to. I then had to seek out the opera to get this particular piece. The point of the tapes discussing this piece is that the descending scales in it are universally recognized in Western music as the music of death.)

Pass the word along. Even the writers, writing on the HBO forums, seemed to think this was part of the Beethoven quartet that opened and closed the episode.

I just found this site by accident and don't know anything about it, so have also responded to stymee directly.

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       Stymee - Friday, March 15, 2002, at 9:26 a.m.
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         xx - Thursday, May 13, 2010, at 5:06 a.m.
    •    Re: Nixon's Walk  (8796 views)
         Staffan Nilsson - Tuesday, January 3, 2006, at 5:35 a.m.
    •      Re: Nixon's Walk  (9128 views)    We're Here
         Sarah - Sunday, June 16, 2002, at 9:55 a.m.
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           galkep - Tuesday, September 21, 2004, at 1:09 p.m.
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           Jam - Monday, November 25, 2002, at 12:44 p.m.
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             Twinks - Wednesday, November 27, 2002, at 10:14 a.m.
          •    Re: Nixon's Walk  (9362 views)
               YozmAn - Saturday, April 5, 2003, at 6:42 a.m.
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                 Victor Foxtrot - Friday, June 27, 2003, at 10:35 a.m.

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