I Giorni
Ludovico Einaudi

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The first of 2 entries for Einaudi in the Ultimate Hall of Fame. This first appeared in the Hall of Fame in 2003, two years after its release, and has stayed in the chart ever since. It reached its highest position of number 66 in the most recent poll.

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.