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Nixon's Walk

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Nixon's Walk   Friday, March 15, 2002 (9:26 a.m.) 

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

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Re: Nixon's Walk   Sunday, June 16, 2002 (9:55 a.m.) 

> 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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Re: Nixon's Walk   Monday, November 25, 2002 (12:44 p.m.) 

> (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.)

I thought for a while that it was a piece by Michael Kamen, as it doesn't credit anyone else for it on the CD.

I love this piece so much. I think it has to be one of the most dramatic and powerful pieces on the CD. I can't believe it seems to have got poorer reviews than, say, 'Austria', which I think is lovely, but not among the best on the soundtrack.

The problem is I just can't remember what footage, or storyline it was written for! Obviously it has something to do with Nixon, and I believe this is the episode where his alcoholism really becomes obvious, but I can't think what it may be actually referring to! Can anyone help?! Please email me directly if you can! Thanks!


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Re: Nixon's Walk   Wednesday, November 27, 2002 (10:14 a.m.) 

The scene for which nixon's walk was in the series was when he went into the consentration camp. Basicly it was him walking in the camp while the germans bury the dead.

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Re: Nixon's Walk   Saturday, April 5, 2003 (6:42 a.m.) 

> The scene for which nixon's walk was in the series was when he went into
> the consentration camp. Basicly it was him walking in the camp while the
> germans bury the dead.

Isnt that headscarf ?


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Re: Nixon's Walk   Friday, June 27, 2003 (10:35 a.m.) 

> Isnt that headscarf ?
Headscarf is Epidssode 6 when Easy is at Bastogne.

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Re: Nixon's Walk   Tuesday, September 21, 2004 (1:09 p.m.) 

> 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.

You're not right. The opera Dido and Aneas was written by Henry Purcell and Nahum Tate in 1684 or 1685. The lament (you call) occurs at the end of the opera and is called 'When i am laid in earth'.

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Re: Nixon's Walk   Tuesday, January 3, 2006 (5:35 a.m.) 

The song you are looking for is called Dido's Lament (When I am Laid in Earth). It is an aria in a opera called Dido and Eneas (Spelling might differ by translation). The opera is composed by Henry Purcell in the late 1600:s.

I stumbled upon this piece by chance when I presented a paper about the theory of diegetic music and non-diegetic music in films for my teacher at the university. He recognised it as Dido's Lament and by sure he was right.

For further notice, you may know that the song has been used in many other films such as "The Man Who Cried" and "Der Untergang (Downfall)".

I can't find any credits for the song in either Band of Brothers or Der Untergang but, it sure is the piece.

/Staffan

> 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


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Re: Nixon's Walk   Thursday, May 13, 2010 (5:06 a.m.) 

are you guys american..?
Its Dido's Lament by Purcell, not Monteverdi!!!!! ]
It's like one of the masterpieces of opera and its really famous??!! except for the themetune the vocal line is instrumental..



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