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I’m not sure, but I think the first time I heard this song was while watching a documentary on Andrew Wiles’ and Richard Taylor’s (and so many others) proof of Fermat’s Last Theorem. Unfortunately, I cannot find that particular documentary on YouTube anymore, which is a real shame. The song (well, just a fragment thereof), however, just stunned me. I only discovered years later who wrote and performed it.

I cannot fully explain why I like this song so much: The pulsing, monotonic, odd rhythm of the piano, the switching between legato and staccato of the cellos, the construction of the song, I just don’t know. I guess it’s just the magic of music…

In 2021, I couldn’t resist the temptation of entering parts of the piano score of the song into Rosegarden [MIDI only]; the result is here. You’ll need to activate a Synthesizer like QSynth and a SoundFont like FluidR3 to play this from Rosegarden.


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