Watch this Haunting Video of a Master Pianist Perform in the Arctic Ocean

The sound of crumbling glaciers can be heard in the background. | By NGT Staff  
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The video was shot against the backdrop of the Wahlenbergbreen glacier in Svalbard, Norway. Watch for the moment the ice cracks. Photo: © Pedro Armestre / Greenpeace

Earlier this month, Ludovico Einaudi, a renowned Italian pianist and composer, played in the most unusual and memorable venue of his career—the freezing Arctic Ocean. Einaudi performed an original composition, “Elegy for the Arctic”, in support of Greenpeace’s efforts to highlight the disastrous consequences of global warming on the region. A recent video uploaded by Greenpeace shows Einaudi floating through the ice-riddled northern waters, playing his piece on a grand piano to the sound of lapping waters and Arctic winds.

At one point, a massive chunk of a glacier topples into the waters, creating a resonating boom. It’s an incredibly powerful image that lingers long after the music stops. The video puts the spotlight on the OSPAR Commission meeting in Spain this week, where over a dozen European countries will discuss the preservation of the marine environment of the northeast Atlantic, which includes the Arctic Ocean.

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