Souls of September

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Friday, September 11, 2009

Many artists, moved by the tragedy of 9/11, were called on to create and dedicate work to honor the victims of the attacks. Composer John Adams was one of many who accepted such a call, and answered with his choral piece, On the Transmigration of Souls, which we hear tonight. Commissioned to write this large scale work by the New York Philharmonic, Adams used pre-recorded street sounds and the reading of victims names by friends and family members, combined with live choruses and full orchestra, to create a powerful and spiritual memorial captured in music. Also tonight, music of Carl and Gertrud Orff, and Kayhan Kalhor.

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Comments [4]

jef myrna from santa cruz california

Wow, "The Birds".... that was great ; )
Jef...again ; )

Sep. 11 2009 10:48 PM
jef myrna from santa cruz california

Hi!!!! So it's Bernard Herman. I love all those films other than Hitchcock as... Mysterios Island , Sinbad, etc.. Always loved the sound of the music for the 'Jules Verne' films. How fun to here it "loud" on the stereo. Thanks.... Jef in Santa Cruz, Ca..

Sep. 11 2009 10:41 PM
Frank di Gregorio from New York

Oh, "Vertigo," Kim Novak, San Francisco. What more can a man want?

Believe it or not, I always hope for a different ending every time I see that movie.

Sep. 11 2009 10:14 PM
jim doyle from west village manhatten

I'm doing a thesis on Irish history after retiring from a job I didn't much like, but now I find enjoyment in education. Just today, I learned that Hector Berloiz wrote an Etude for the Irish poet's Thomas More's Elegy for the youngIrish patriot, Robert Emmet.who lead an insurrection aganist English rule in 1803 and died on the scaffold. It's m music I have not heard myself . Perhaps on WNYC?

Sep. 11 2009 07:58 PM

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