Listen to the Gasps When A Conductor Announced JFK's Death
50 years ago today, the telegraph world rocked with the news of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Long before tweets, texts and just simple ol' internet all found their home in your pocket, news spread by mouth, by some kid screaming "EXTRA, EXTRA, read all about it" on the corner of a busy block.
Conductor Erich Leinsdorf bore the burden of shocking an audience, seated in a theatre in Boston, with news of the president's death. The audible gasps capture the severity of the moment so poignantly.
Staff at the hall, prior to the announcement, rushed to find sheet music for the improvised performance of "The Funeral March" from Beethoven's 3rd - Sure, these are pro musicians, but they are forced to perform without rehearsal in an unimaginably difficult situation.