Ascending the Heaven Ladder


At 9.15 am on Friday, October 21, 1966 a waste tip slid down a mountainside into the mining village of Aberfan, near Merthyr Tydfil in South Wales. 144 people died in the disaster: 116 of them were school children. Ascending the Heaven Ladder is the first movement of Terry Riley's Requiem for Adam, which was inspired by the tragic death of a young person. In 2005 I wrote an early Overgrown Path post which coupled the Aberfan disaster with Terry Riley's Requiem. Today I offer a link to that post in memory of those who died in Aberfan forty-five years ago.

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