Musicplays a significantpart in the existence. It has the amazingability to generatecourage and power in the face of difficulties and danger. This is exactlywhat the story of the cellistVedranSmailovic was all about. It happened in Yugoslavia, (37) Serbia, Bosnia, and
otherfourrepublics. In 1992, the BosniansdeclaredindependencefromYugoslavia. The Serbsthensurrounded the capital, Sarajevo, wheremanyBosnianslived. On May 27, when a longline of peoplewaitedoutside a bakery to get theirbread, a mortarshellsuddenlyfell. Smailoviclooked out of the window (38) findflesh, blood, bone, and rubblesplatteredover the street. No sooner had he recalledthat the vicious war (39) manylivesthan he was overwhelmed by the extremepain for his fellowpeople. As a result, he resolved to playmusic to (40) the dead and to console the souls of the living. Not fearing the flyingbullets, Smailovicused his own way to fight for peace and those who had beenlost to war.
Afternewspapers (41) the story of Smailovic, DavidWilde, an Englishcomposer, was so movedthat he wrote a composition for an unaccompaniedcelloentitled "The Cellist of Sarajevo" to tellaboutthisbravemusician. It was thispiecethat Yo-Yo Ma played on the openingnight at the InternationalCelloFestival, in England, in 1994. The musicbegan, creating a shadowy, empty (42) and growinginto a screamingfuror. Slowly, it becamequieter and eventually , back to silence. Wilde's carefully-madecomposition and Ma's flawlessperformancemade it a classic. Thoselistening to the work in the concertfelt as though (43) thathorrifyingmassacrethemselves. Truly, music is a giftthat we all shareequally, and that can soothe, inspire, and unite us, especiallywhen we need it most and expect it least.
【題組】40. (A) overthrow (B) cancel (C) mourn (D) hostile