Music plays a significant part in the existence. It has the amazing ability to generate courage and power in the face of difficulties and danger. This is exactly what the story of the cellist Vedran Smailovic was all about. It happened in Yugoslavia, (37) Serbia, Bosnia, and
other four republics. In 1992, the Bosnians declared independence from Yugoslavia. The Serbs then surrounded the capital, Sarajevo, where many Bosnians lived. On May 27, when a long line of people waited outside a bakery to get their bread, a mortar shell suddenly fell. Smailovic looked out of the window (38) find flesh, blood, bone, and rubble splattered over the street. No sooner had he recalled that the vicious war (39) many lives than he was overwhelmed by the extreme pain for his fellow people. As a result, he resolved to play music to (40) the dead and to console the souls of the living. Not fearing the flying bullets, Smailovic used his own way to fight for peace and those who had been lost to war.
After newspapers (41) the story of Smailovic, David Wilde, an English composer, was so moved that he wrote a composition for an unaccompanied cello entitled "The Cellist of Sarajevo" to tell about this brave musician. It was this piece that Yo-Yo Ma played on the opening night at the International Cello Festival, in England, in 1994. The music began, creating a shadowy, empty (42) and growing into a screaming furor. Slowly, it became quieter and eventually , back to silence. Wilde's carefully-made composition and Ma's flawless performance made it a classic. Those listening to the work in the concert felt as though (43) that horrifying massacre themselves. Truly, music is a gift that we all share equally, and that can soothe, inspire, and unite us, especially when we need it most and expect it least.
【題組】40. (A) overthrow (B) cancel (C) mourn (D) hostile