Episode #3244

Responsorium 9/11

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Sunday, September 11, 2011

Listen to music written in response to the 9/11 attacks.  Pulitzer Prize-winning composers Steve Reich and John Adams each used an almost documentary approach to the events of 9/11; we’ll hear excerpts from both.  Michael Gordon’s “The Sad Park” is built on recordings of young children in the playground on Chambers Street, two blocks from the World Financial Center, describing that morning.  And Robert Moran’s new “Trinity Requiem” was written for the nearby Trinity Church choir.  We’ll hear excerpts from those pieces as well on this New Sounds. 

PROGRAM #3244 Responsorium 9/11  (First aired on 9/11/11)    





John Adams,
New York Philharmonic, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, New York Choral Artists, Lorin Maazel, conductor

John Adams - On the Transmigration of Souls

John Adams: On the Transmigration of Souls, excerpt [14:00]

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Michael Gordon, Kronos Quartet

The Sad Park, live

Opening, [1:00]
Selections, [14:00]

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Robert Moran, Trinity Youth Chorus

The Trinity Requiem

Excerpt, [1:00]

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Steve Reich, Kronos Quartet

WTC 9/11

I. 9/11 [2:00]

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Robert Moran, Trinity Youth Chorus

The Trinity Requiem

Conclusion, excerpt [3:00]

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Listen to the entire Requiem here:

Responsorium 9/11

Listen to Pulitzer-prize winning John Adams’ - “On the Transmigration of Souls,” written for the first anniversary of the attacks.  Then there's Michael Gordon’s “The Sad Park,” made from the electronically manipulated voices of children who witnessed the World Trade Center attack, and premiered in September of 2006.  Plus, an excerpt from Robert Moran’s brand-new “Trinity Requiem,” featuring the Trinity Youth Chorus.   

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Comments [5]

martha from pdx

I'd like to hear music composed & inspired from the deaths of the 100,000 Iraqui civilians that were murdered because of an ill-conceived war for oil.

Jun. 26 2012 02:50 AM
Ann Smoler from New Rochelle, N.Y.

Thank you for the respite at the end of this overly stimulating day. I was a social worker out of Belevue Hospital for two years post 9/11. I Appreciated the remarks from the composers re: their thoughts which led to the music which expressed those days I experienced.

Sep. 11 2011 11:33 PM
JV from NY Metro

It is wonderful to hear John Adams. I hope we continue to review his enormous and compelling body of work.

This is perfect for today 9/11.

Sep. 11 2011 11:14 PM
jv from NY Metro

Sunday Bloody Sunday is a very appropriate pice.

Sep. 11 2011 11:10 PM
Carla Rianço from Portugal

Hi, I'm 35 yeares old, and I remember very well the 11/9
I'm from Portugal, and I was watching the news in Portugal and I know that you are chosing music's for that date and I think that a music that can descrive de 11/9 is Sunday Blody sunday - U2, I´m sorry for my English that is bad.

Sep. 10 2011 09:15 AM

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