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Sara Fishko on Benjamin Britten's War Requiem

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

In the early 1960s, I was in summer residence at an “arts camp” called Indian Hill. I was already quite a serious pianist by then, and during those sparkling, sun-dappled days in Stockbridge Massachusetts, I stayed indoors. Day after beautiful day, I pulled down the shades in the piano practice room -- and practiced.  

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WNYC News

9/11 Memorial Gets an App

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The National September 11 Memorial & Museum launched a new campaign and iPhone app Wednesday ahead of the tenth anniversary of the September 11 attacks next month.

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The Mystical Power of Music

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Ten years ago on September 11, I was on the air here at WQXR from 7 p.m. until midnight. I had been called in at the last minute to cover for my colleague, June LeBell, who had been evacuated from Battery Park City to New Jersey earlier in the day. As I walked to the station that night, I remember how absolutely lost I felt. "What should I say? What should I do? How can we help?" It seemed so illogical to be playing music while television and radio stations all over the city were trying desperately to explain what had happened and to advise us about what to do next.

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Gavin Bryars on Cadman Requiem

Sunday, August 21, 2011

I last saw my friend and sound engineer Bill Cadman in Paris at the beginning of December 1988 when we had a drink together. On December 21st, Bill and his new girlfriend Sophie were killed in the Lockerbie air crash. I was very badly affected by his death and for some time I found it hard to sleep and had constant nightmares. I wrote an obituary for The Independent newspaper shortly after his death, which helped me quite a lot.

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Ingram Marshall on Gradual Requiem

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Musicians write requiems for all sorts of reasons. The Connecticut composer Ingram Marshall wrote his seminal tape piece Gradual Requiem in tribute to his father, who had recently died. He explains its significance.

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A Musical Memory Space

Friday, August 12, 2011

John Adams was one of the first major composers to take on the challenge of writing a work to commemorate the events of September 11, 2001. His Pulitzer Prize-winning work On the Transmigration of Souls is something of a sound collage, performed by orchestra and choirs along with pre-recorded ambient sound: we hear a voice reading names of people who were lost in the towers, the choirs singing reminiscences of their family members.

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WQXR Blog

Nonesuch Records and Steve Reich Pull Controversial 9/11 Album Cover

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Three weeks after it sparked online controversy, Nonesuch Records has changed the cover art for WTC 9/11, a forthcoming album featuring Steve Reich’s eponymous composition about the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

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WQXR Features

Decade 9/11: Responses in Classical Music

Sunday, August 07, 2011

Writing a piece about a major disaster, war or other crisis is one of the bigger challenges a composer may face. In this guide to pieces about September 11, we explore how every composer faced a specific hurdle and how they arrived at a given solution.

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WNYC News

Obama, Bush to Attend 9/11 Anniversary Ceremony

Friday, July 29, 2011

President Barack Obama and George W. Bush are expected to be in New York City this fall for the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terror attacks, the mayor announced Friday.

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Features

Most New Yorkers Think 9/11 Museum Should Be Free: Poll

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Seventy-five percent of New Yorkers think the National 9/11 Memorial Museum should be free, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday.

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Visitors to Make Online Reservations to See 9/11 Memorial

Monday, June 13, 2011

In July, members of the public will be able to reserve spots online to see the memorial honoring victims of the 9/11 and the 1993 trade center attacks.

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