A Boy with a Violin
Reflections on the role of music to provide solace in conflict.
Lesson length: 1 session
Lesson from A Story Like the Wind series
- Wider learning opportunities: Music: listening and understanding
This lesson provides some background into the true story of the cellist of Sarajevo, who like Rami in A Story Like the Wind, used music as a source of solace in dire circumstances.
- Locate a copy of Albinoni Adagio in G Minor.
Use the internet to find out about the Vedran Smailović, known as the cellist of Sarajevo. He became famous for playing Albinoni’s Adagio in G Minor on the streets of war-torn Sarajevo in the height of the Balkan war. For 22 days he played on the site where 22 people were killed while queuing for bread.
Listen to Albinoni’s Adagio.
- Why do you think the cellist chose this piece?
- What are your thoughts about the cellist’s actions?
- Do you think he was brave?
- Do you think he was foolish?
- Why do you think Rami and Vedran Smailović use music as a means of coping with terrible circumstances?
- Do you have a favourite piece of music that you find soothing or uplifting? Can music affect your mood and mental state?