Adagio for Churches

00016886 My new favorite piece of classical music is Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings. In 2004, Barber’s masterpiece was voted the "saddest classical" work ever. The version of the piece performed by London Symphony Orchestra was, for a time, the highest selling classical piece on ITunes. If you haven’t heard it, click here and listen to the whole thing (Right around minute 4 is the climax–incredible).

It’s movements are like that of ministry…up, down, tense, beautiful and relaxed. My understanding is that there is actually and 8-part choral arrangement available. Now that would be "special music" indeed.

Dr. Tim Spivey is Pastor of New Vintage Church in Escondido, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on numerous websites, including:, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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