Went to sleep somber, woke up somber, and none the wiser about the tragedy in Boston yesterday. Here, mainly as meditation music, is the Brass Section of the Bayerische Staatsoper performing the Sonata Pian’e Forte from Gabrieli’s Sacra Symphonia.

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Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.