The most beautiful sound in the world


President Obama said that the sound of the Islamic call to prayer is the most beautiful sound in the world. After listening to “Il Silenzio,” a trumpet piece written by Nini Rosso in 1965 I beg to differ.

In 2008 the trumpet soloist was a 13-year-old Dutch girl, Melissa Venema, with conductor André Rieu and the Royal Orchestra of the Netherlands.

The composition bears a strong resemblance to “Taps”, a bugle call known as the “Scott Tattoo“, and which was used in the U.S. from 1835 until 1860 . Anyone listening can not be faulted for connecting this haunting melody to our most beloved anthem to soldiers being called to rest, at the end of the day, or the end of their service to their country.

The Il Silenzio, instrumental does not feature the songs brief spoken words:

Buona notte, amore
Ti vedrò nei miei sogni
Buona notte a te che sei lontano.

Good night, love
I’ll see you in my dreams
Good night to you who are far away.

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