“God gave us beautiful music so that we could pray without words.”
Dutch violinist André Rieu & musician Gheorghe Zamfir succeeded to unify the audience for five minutes for love and beauty while they performing “The Lonely Shepherd” live in Romania. This piece has elicited a greater response from the hundreds of thousands of listeners around the world, there are others that became listener favorites.
Rieu & Zamfir’s video has been viewed nearly 45 million times on YouTube and people from all over the globe are commenting in many languages to express how much they love this music.
The Lonely Shepherd is an instrumental piece composed by James Last, first released in a recording with the Romanian musician Gheorghe Zamfir. It has repeatedly been used as soundtrack like for the six-part television series Golden Soak, the Oscar-nominated animated short film “Paradise”……….
What is the instrument used in the lonely shepherd music?
It is known as Pan Flute or panpipes today, but it was developed long ago in ancient Greece where it was associated with the shepherds who played it while tending their flocks. It is composed of numerous pipes, lined in a row, usually made of bamboo, as seen here in the hands of ‘The Master of the Pan Flute’ Gheorghe Zamfir.
According to Greek mythology, Pan, the patron of shepherds, fell in love with the Nymph Syrinx. However, she did not return Pan’s love and so she asked Zeus (the river nymphs) to save her from him. Zeus did so by turning her into reeds. Enraged, Pan smashed the reeds into pieces. Of course, he was instantly struck with remorse and wept and kissed the broken reeds. As he kissed the reeds, his breath blew over them and created a melody, and so he made the musical instrument that would carry the lost Nymph’s name ( the syrinx).
Who is Andre Rieu?
Andre Rieu (born in 1949) is a Dutch violinist and conductor best known for creating the waltz-playing Johann Strauss Orchestra, Together they have turned classical and waltz music into a worldwide concert touring act, as successful as some of the biggest global pop and rock music acts.
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