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17 March 2020, 20:42
A musical thank-you to some of the people working hardest in the world’s time of need.
As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic causes disruption around the world, one of the groups most impacted are the world’s doctors, nurses, paramedics and carers around the world.
Their work, care, skills and commitment were foremost in the mind of great American cellist Yo-Yo Ma’s mind yesterday. He uploaded a specially recorded video of the ‘Sarabande’ from Bach’s Cello Suite No. 3, and dedicated the performance to all healthcare workers around the world.
“Your ability to balance human connection and scientific truth in service of us all gives me hope,” the cellist wrote.
We couldn’t agree with him more.
This is for the healthcare workers on the frontlines — the Sarabande from Bach’s Cello Suite No. 3. Your ability to balance human connection and scientific truth in service of us all gives me hope. #songsofcomfort pic.twitter.com/s9e35RW03N— Yo-Yo Ma (@YoYo_Ma) March 16, 2020
Yo-Yo Ma is releasing a series of videos on social media, saying he hopes to give musical peace amid the disruption and uncertainty surrounding coronavirus.
On Friday he posted a solo cello arrangement of the famous ‘Largo’ from Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 in E minor ('From the New World').
To accompany the video, the cellist added: “In these days of anxiety, I wanted to find a way to continue to share some of the music that gives me comfort”.
In these days of anxiety, I wanted to find a way to continue to share some of the music that gives me comfort. The first of my #SongsOfComfort: Dvořák – "Going Home”— Yo-Yo Ma (@YoYo_Ma) March 13, 2020
Stay safe. pic.twitter.com/S28w6OlXiZ