I Giorni
Ludovico Einaudi

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Down 20 — having climbed 20 places last year. Highest of Einaudi's 3 entries.

Einaudi was inspired to compose I Giorni ('The Days') after hearing a twelfth-century folk song that originated in the country of Mali. The song describes the killing of a hippopotamus by a hunter, and the subsequent mourning in the local village. The entire album from which this song is taken (also called I Giorni) is one long lament, with each piece demonstrating Einaudi's ability to compose utterly simple yet beguiling melodies.