Elegy for the Arctic

Elegy for the Arctic

In the 16th of June, acclaimed Italian composer and pianist Ludovico Einaudi performed one of his own compositions on a floating platform in the Arctic Ocean, in front of the Wahlenbergbreen glacier in Svalbard, Norway.

The composition, Elegy for the Arctic, was inspired by eight million voices from around the world calling for Arctic protection. The Greenpeace ship the Arctic Sunrise carried Einaudi, the grand piano and eight million voices to Svalbard in an effort to urge the OSPAR Commission (the organisation that governs international cooperation for the protection of the marine environment in the North-East Atlantic) that met this week in Tenerife, Spain, not to miss the opportunity to protect international Arctic waters under its mandate.

All images © Pedro Armestre / Greenpeace

Ludovico Einaudi, is one of the most popular pianist and composers in the world. He has sold out concert halls worldwide including the Royal Albert Hall and the Scala of Milan, composed a string of award-winning film scores and has been nominated for “Album of the Year” at the BRIT awards.

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For more information on the Greenpeace initiative on Saving the Arctic click here.
You can also read the official press release here.


  1. Beautiful: I have bookmarked this.

  2. So beautiful from the music to the photography to the environment. I will visit the Greenpeace site now.

  3. Wow, very moving! The calving is the background really added to the feeling.

  4. sweet, sad
    swan song :-)

  5. very touching, awesome and brave of him

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