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A hundred years. The tragedy which still fascinates and haunts the collective imagination has awoken from it’s cultural slumber once again with public artworks, television series and a certain reconstituted blockbuster film now with us to commemorate the centenary of this famous shipping disaster which occurred on April 15th 1912 in the arctic waters of the North Atlantic.

1,514 passengers perished in the icy depths and English Composer Gavin Bryars 1969 The Sinking of the Titanic is a chilling chamber piece, an undertow of regret, longing and fading memory that is the sound of passing from one world into another. The listener is overcome with a feeling of helplessness, of being slowly pushed down underneath into the darkness, the muted, murky minimalism of the string players a forlorn refrain floating in from a past life.

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