Watch A Pianist Play A Heartbreaking Funeral Song For The Arctic

Performed in front of a melting glacier

It isn’t often that a Steinway grand piano ends up floating in Arctic waters. But that’s what happened earlier this month, when a composer performed a heartbreaking “Elegy For The Arctic”, an original composition designed to raise awareness about climate change in the fragile, frigid region.

Italian pianist and composer Ludovico Einaudi composed the piece as a way of supporting Greenpeace’s Save the Arctic campaign.

The campaign is currently encouraging government representatives at this week’s meeting of the OSPAR Commission to set up a protected area in international Arctic waters about the size of the UK. The OSPAR commission is a group of 15 European governments that is set up to protect the environment in the waters of the North Atlantic and Arctic.

Einaudi performed the composition in waters off the Wahlenbergbreen glacier in Norway, atop a wooden platform designed to look like an iceberg. At 8.5 feet wide and 33 feet long, the platform blended in with the freshly calved icebergs crashing off the glacier.

“Being here has been a great experience,”,” Einaudi said. “I could see the purity and fragility of this area with my own eyes and interpret a song I wrote to be played upon the best stage in the world. It is important that we understand the importance of the Arctic, stop the process of destruction and protect it.”

Composer and Pianist Ludovico Einaudi Performs in the Arctic Ocean Greenpeace organiza un concierto historico con el pianista Ludovico Einaudi en el oceano çrtico para pedir su proteccion.

Acclaimed Italian composer and pianist Ludovico Einaudi performs one of his own compositions on a floating platform in the Arctic Ocean, in front of the Wahlenbergbreen glacier (in Svalbard, Norway). The composition, Elegy for the Arctic, was inspired by eight million voices from around the world calling for Arctic protection. The Greenpeace ship the Arctic Sunrise carried Einaudi, the grand piano and eight million voices to Svalbard. Greenpeace is urging the OSPAR Commission that meets this week (20-24 June, 2016) in Tenerife, not to miss the opportunity to protect international Arctic waters under its mandate. El prestigioso compositor y pianista italiano Ludovico Einaudi ha unido su voz, a traves de la mœsica, a la de los ocho millones de personas de todo el mundo que piden la protecci—n del çrtico, con la interpretacion de una pieza creada especialmente para la ocasi—n sobre una plataforma flotante en mitad de ese oceano, frente al glaciar Wahlenbergbreen (en Svalbard, Noruega). Einaudi ha viajado al çrtico a bordo del barco de Greenpeace Arctic Sunrise, coincidiendo con el comienzo en Tenerife de una importante cita para el futuro del çrtico: la reunion esta semana de la comision OSPAR, que podr’a asegurar la creaci—n de la primera zona protegida en aguas internacionales del oceano çrtico.

Ludovico Einaudi

The floating wooden platform weighed almost two tons.

Ludovico Einaudi

The performance happened in waters in front of the Wahlenbergbreen glacier in Norway.