Siege of Sarajevo: The orchestra that played in the midst of war

Allan Little recalls the eerie sound of Albinoni in the rubble-strewn streets of Sarajevo
Correspondent Allan Little recalls hearing the eerie sound of Albinoni's Adagio in G Minor in the rubble-strewn streets of Sarajevo. It was played by the Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra, who refused to bow to the threats of the siege. 

One of a selection of BBC foreign correspondents' personal essays about pieces of music which have meant something special to them throughout their working lives and during their travels.

Photo: Cellist Vedran Smailovic in the bombed National Library in Sarajevo Credit: Michael Evstafiev/AFP/Getty Images

The bridge that divides Bosnia

Is Mostar still a divided city?
The Old Bridge in Mostar is one of Bosnia-Herzegovina’s most famous landmarks. Destroyed in 1993 during the Balkan conflict, it was rebuilt in 2004 and has been seen as a symbol of post-war reconciliation ever since. Today, it’s especially loved for its daily diving spectacles where young men from the city brave a 24 metre drop.

Yet Sasa Kulukcija, a young man from Mostar, thinks otherwise. He thinks that the city – once well-known for its tolerance in having the most mixed marriages in former Yugoslavia – is still divided, with Bosnian Muslims choosing to live on one side and Christian Croats choosing to live on the other.

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