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The inspiration for Ludovico Einaudi's whole piece, "I Giorni", was a 12th-century folk song from Mali about a hippopotamus who was cherished by the residents of a nearby village but killed by a hunter. In his liner notes, Einaudi wrote that "The song is sung as a lament for the death of a king or a great person or for the loss of a loved one."

Of course, he was referring to the entirity of the piece, but the… read more

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