KATU TV in Portland reports that a former Miss America walked down the wedding aisle to the tune of "Adagio for Strings (1936)" by Samuel Barber. While better known for its elegiac use at the radio announcement of FDR's death, as a somber theme in the movie "Platoon", and in an electronic version by William Orbit (with recent dance remix by Ferry Corsten), "Adagio for Strings" might be appropriate as a wedding theme, given its American-derived emotional impact...
September 21, 2003. From the book "Samuel Barber: The Composer and His Music" by Barbara Heyman:
Ned Rorem believes the Adagio for Strings to dispel two myths about music: "that what is popular is necessarily junk, and the late improves upon the early." "If Barber later aimed higher," Rorem claims, "he never reached deeper into the heart, and he is still held most dearly for works composed before his fortieth birthday."
Heyman also quotes Aaron Copland on the work:
It's really well felt, it's believable you see, it's not phoney. He's not just making it up because he thinks that would sound well. It comes straight from the heart, to use old-fashioned terms. The sense of continuity, the steadiness of the flow, the satisfaction of the arch that it creates from beginning to end They're all very gratifying, satisfying, and it makes you believe in the sincerity which he obviously put into it.
A Brazilian post in Portuguese that mentions Platoon, Adagio, and has a link to an MP3 download on http://www.modern-strings.de.