Holidays: Sept. 11, 2001 remembrance pieces
Dear Fellow Listers,
Thanks so much for the great response for anthems. Here is a complilation of
your replies. For the sake of brevity, the writer's names are not listed, though I did
include the web address of Jacques Guyader.
"Some Day, Lord" Edward M. Goldman Shawnee A-936
"When Quiet Peace is Shattered" John Horman Hinshaw -1281 1993
"And God Shall Wipe Away All Tears" Eleanor Daley, Hinshaw HMC 1284
"Tender Shepherd" by Joseph and Pamela Martin. Very easy, and meaningful.
... an awesome arrangement of "America the Beautiful" by James Mulholland. It
includes a very dramatic hymn called "Not alone for mighty empire", and will give
you goose bumps.
"In Remembrance" by Eleanor Daley from her "Requiem"
K. Lee Scott's "Prayer for Peace". The text is based on the prayer of St. Francis.
Z. Randall Stroope's Inscription of Hope
Any setting of "It Is Well With My Soul"
"How Can I Keep From Singing"
Mendelssohn: Grant Peace, We Pray arr. Schalk Concordia 98-2212
And looking toward Advent: Mendelssohn How Lovely are the Messengers
...a simple hymn version of "This is My Song", one of the two English texts
commonly sung to the tune FINLANDIA. It is a beautiful text, and the positive
response following the service was overwhelming...There is also a nice octavo
version by Dale Wood (same title) for organ or brass quartet and SATB choir
(some div. - originally written for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir).
This is My Song, O God of all the Nations
Music: FINLANDIA, Jean Sibelius
Words: Lloyd Stone, Georgia Harkness, Bryan Jeffrey Leech
Copyright 1930 by Breitkopf and Haertel, 1934, 1962, 1964 by Lorenz Publishing
1976 by Fred Bock Music Company
I can offer two pieces I composed. They are in french. The first : "l'enfant de paix"
is about peace in many languages ( peace, paix, paz, shalom, salam, shanti)
The second : "c'est un homme" is about races and religions. If you are interested,
I can send you the scores in .pdf files, free for this opportunity. You'll can do as
many copies as you need.
God bless all of you.
-- Jacques Guyader
"Grant Us Your Peace" / "Verlieh uns Frieden" by Felix Mendelssohn. Text is by
Martin Luther. Various editions abound, including a new one from Morning Star
Music, Fenton, MO.
John Rutter's Requiem.
As far as Sunday anthems:
Know My Heart/Benjamin Harlan
Prayer of St. Francis/Rene Claussen
Within These Walls/Pepper Choplin
Pie Jesu (Requiem)/ John Rutter
Barber "Agnus Dei" (or any other setting of this section of the Mass for that
matter), or the Vaughan Villiams psalm setting "Lord, Thou Has been Our
Mendelssohn: "Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and He will sustain thee" and "All
ye that cried unto the Lord, in distress and deep affliction, he counteth all your
sorrows in the time of need". Also, the Rutter setting (published in Psalmfest,
and perhaps separately) of "I will lift up mine eyes" (Psalm 121) is beautiful and
moving (although perhaps upsetting to some because of the specific reference to
"He that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep," but you might change
the text to "He that keepeth his people shall neither...").
For the Introit during these high Holy Days we are doing William Sharlin's lovely
Shalom Aleychem (Peace to you, messengers of God, may you go in peace,
"There Is a Balm In Gilead"
My choir recently sang at a memorial service at our university. We sang
Amazing Grace and a rounc setting of Dona Nobis Pacem (Grant us Peace), as
well as an African (Zulu & English) friendship song "Singabahambayo" and
"God Bless America".
My Shephed Will Supply My need - Virgil Thomson
Be Still My Soul - Sibelius
Gracious Spirit Dwell with Me - K. Lee Scott
The Lord is My Shepherd - Rutter
Once to Every Man and Nation - York
Our Hymn of the Month was Bearers of Peace by Farrell. It was frightening the
meaning this song took on after everything.
"Pie Jesu" (A Lloyd Webber), "Inscription of Hope" by Z. Randall Stroope, and
"The Lord Bless You and Keep You" (Rutter). Taize "O Lord, Hear My Prayer"
between prayer petitions.
"On Eagle's Wings"
Hymns : "Our Hope is Built on Nothing Less,"
"O God, Our Help in Ages Past,"
"Children of the Heavenly Father,"
"O Take My Hand and Lead Me." The entire service focused on peace,
consolation, and hope.
Virgil Thomson's arr. of "My shepherd will supply my need"...it was sung at the
nationally televised service at Washington Cathedral last Sunday.
Randall Thompson's "Alleluia" .It was written for the opening of Tanglewood--a
poignant fanfare written not long after France fell in WW2.
Dan Gawthrops Sing me to Heaven, Also, Precious Lord.
Samuel Barber's Agnus Dei, set by the composer himself for
chorus and organ on his music Adagio for Strings. (It can be simplified.)
With warm regards to all,
Christ Episcopal Church
105 Cottage Pl.
Ridgewood, NJ 07450
Thanks to all who responded! Please note that a similar compilation titled
"Anthems for Sept. 11 - Compilation" was sent to Choralist the other day.
No doubt many of us are scrambling to learn and perform music for
services and concerts being held in memory of the thousands who died
last week. Perhaps it would be useful to have a list of the many
pieces that we've all come up with to suit this occasion. In my mind
this list is somewhat different from my "music to sing at funerals"
list, though there is certainly much overlap.
I would be happy to gather and compile lists of pieces that we have
chosen or considered. I don't think we need to send in major requiems
like the Mozart, but pretty much anything else. Feel free to send in
the pieces mentioned in Choraltalk, as I haven't saved those and just
now decided to do this.
The following is a song for this diffficult time. It's not original,
although I did change some of the words and rearrange some of the text to
the current circumstances. The tune in FINLANDIA by Sebelius. Please
distribute it to lists as you see appropriate. We performed this yesterday,
I was deluged with requests for the music and words:
: A Song of Peace
: Be still my soul!
: The Lord is on thy side;
: Bear patiently the cross of grief and pain;
: Leave to Thy God to order and provide;
: In every trial, He faithful will remain.
: Be still my soul!
: The waves and winds He rules;
: O precious Lord,
: our lives are in Your hands.
: This is my song,
: O God of all the nations,
: A song of peace
: for lands afar and mine.
: This is my home,
: my country where my heart is,
: Here are my hopes, my dreams,
: my family,
: But other hearts in other lands are beating,
: With hopes and dreams
: as high and true as mine
: My country's skies are bluer
: than the ocean,
: And sunlight beams on
: clover, leaf and pine.
: But the other lands have sunlight too,
: and clover,
: And skies are everywhere as blue as mine.
: O hear this song,
: Thou God of all the nations,
: A song of peace for their land
: and for mine.
: This is our prayer,
: O Lord of all earth's kingdoms,
: Thy kingdom come,
: on earth, Thy will be done;
: Let Christ be lifted up
: 'til all men serve Him,
: And hearts united learn to live as one:
: O, hear our prayer,
: Thou God of all the nations,
: Lord, help us find, our oneness in Your Son
--Maureen Moore, California
: copyright info:
:: Music: FINLANDIA, Jean Sibelius
: Words: Lloyd Stone, Georgia Harkness, Bryan Jeffrey Leech
: Copyright 1930 by Breitkopf and Haertel, 1934, 1962, 1964 by Lorenz
Publishing: 1976 by Fred Bock Music Company
Canticle of Hope Joseph Martin
Dedicated to the people of Oklahoma City after their bombing.
Ralph Manuel - Alleluia - Hinshaw Music - performed at the televised
memorial service after the Oklahoma bombing.
The two pieces we put together quickly were John Rutter's
Gaelic Blessing ("Deep peace...") and Eleanor Daley's "And God Shall Wipe
Away all Tears."
Pie Jesu by Mary Lynn Lightfoot--usable by SAB choirs, was written in memory
of the Oklahom City bombing victims.
Tender Shepherd by Joseph and Pamela Martin.
In the Hands of the Lord by Pepper Choplin is brand new and will certainly
be hard to get through, but the text, oh my goodness, perfectly
beautiful--particularly for children.
The Majesty & Glory of Your Name by Tom Fettke
Recollection of Joy (Can't remember the composer)
Battle Hymn of the Republic -Peter Wilhousky
We were called on to perform THURSDAY on obvious short notice. We
really only needed to sing one piece so I chose the "In paradisum" from
the Faure Requiem. Since it's mostly sopranos it only takes a little
time for the whole choir and a little extra time with the sopranos.
The Chancellor read the translation before we sang. It was very well
We are considering having our choir here do an encore presentation of the
work we did this summer, Randall Thompson's TESTAMENT OF FREEDOM. So many
of Jefferson's words ring afresh in light of the events of last week!
Orchestrally speaking, I would consider the Adagio from St. Saens' Third
Symphony. It is so beautiful and carries such emotion. Would work nicely
for a memorial.
We just did 2 pieces last Sunday that were quite moving.
"O Lord, From the Depths I Cry" by H. Hopson --- 2 part accompanied, which
was nice for quick learning. Very slow, very nice.
"Even When God Is Silent" -- by M. Horvit -- SATB a cappella; written for
the 50th anniversary of Kristallnacht, based on the poem found in Cologne
Germany by someone hiding from the Gestapo:
I believe in the sun even when it is not shining
I believe in love even when feeling it not
I believe in God even when God is silent.
A POWERFUL piece. Hard to do without tears.
At a remembrance service last Friday, my women's chorus sang "Brother
James's Air," in the arrangement by Gordon Jacob (pub. Oxford). The
text is a seventeenth-century verse version of Psalm 23. It was very
"Song of Democracy" Howard Hanson, poetry Walt Whitman
I had already planned to do the Edwin Fissinger "Lux Aeterna" with my
chamber choir before last week's tragedies, and my students have really
latched onto the significance of the text and the power of Fissinger's
For my small church choir, God Is My Refuge by Allen Pote was quite
Lift Your Voice, America, Mark Brymer
"Spiritual" by Ysaye Barnwell
By far the most effective piece we have used was "In Solemn Silence" by
M. Ippolitof-Ivanof arr. by Peter J. Wilhousky. (SATB acappella, Carl
Fisher CM635). The copyright is 1943. I think it may be out of print.
Maybe Fischer will bring it back. I'm afraid there will be further need
a group of Ps 23 settings. Claude Le Jeune, Clement Goudimel renaissance
motets and a beautiful setting by Bobby McFerrin he wrote for his mother's
passing about ten years ago.
Donald McCullough's "We Remember Them" - it reminds us that we will always
remember "them" -- "them" being whoever you wish it to be in the context in
which it is
presented. I know that people have used it for Veterans Day, for example.
Some of the text:
In the rising of the sun and in it's going down, we remember them.
In the opening of buds and in the rebirth of spring, we remember them,
In the rustling of the leaves and in the chill of winter, we remember
For as long as we live, they too shall live, for they are now a part of us
we remember them.
It's published by Hinshaw and is scored for SATB with piano accompaniment.
At a church service I attended Sunday, a Skidmore English professor read
the following poem by Emily Dickinson. It was very effective (and
The bustle in a house
The morning after death
Is solemnest of industries
Enacted upon earth,
The sweeping up the heart,
And putting love away
We shall not want to use again
I heard some wonderful music Monday morning from churches on Sunday,
including a soprano soloist at the Riverside Church in NYC singing "Come
Sunday" from Duke Ellington's Sunday Mass
Two poems I've heard: John Updike's "Angels" and Walt Whitman's "Song of
Prayer for Peace (K. Lee Scott)
Bach: Come Sweet Death" (Komm Suesser Tod)
Any of the Bach motets, written for funerals
Alan Dorsey - No Bird [CM7798; copyright Carl Fischer, New York 10003, 62
Heinrich Schütz - Selig sind die Toten (from Geistliche Chormusik 1848)
Less important, but still:
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy - Mitten wir im Leben sind [which I consider a
great piece *as such*!]
Heinrich Schütz - Wer will uns scheiden von der Liebe Gottes? (from "Kleine
I feel that the Dutch theologian Huub Oosterhuis has a great ability of
putting things that are impossible to say to words all the same.
Thus, any piece dealing with rememberance, "and there shall be no more
death" etc., etc., no matter what language and what *musical* form would be
a great choice for *liturgical* use. (And that is not necessarily "hymns"
only, but responsorial forms as well, or sometimes even more musically
elaborate forms, but still I feel that his texts fit liturgy best and also
were/are created for prayer rather than "concert".)
As far as I know there are German versions of several of his prayers set to
music (We use a variety of those, among others "Abendlied: Niemand hat dich
je gesehn" which ends with the line "Und der Tod wird nicht mehr sein." What
also comes to mind in connection with your request are several sets of sung
intercessions and also "Totenlied" and "Das Lied vom Menschen auf Erden" off
head.), there is - obviously - a wealth of material in Dutch, and there are
also two sets and booklets to English versions of his texts which you can
find with Oregon Catholic Press; they are on the Web, http://www.ocp.org and
you can search for "oosterhuis" and would find what they have this way.
[However, I cannot remember off head if the collections contained any
suitable material for your topics, just wanted to give this pointer to be
able to find authorized English versions of Oosterhuis' prayers in musical
forms more easily; as far as I know, they are not too easy to obtain in
other places than OCP.]
In remembrance - Eleanor Daley - Gordon Thompson Music
Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glint on snow,
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle morning rain.
And when you wake in the morning's hush,
I am the sweet uplifting rush
of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there, I did not die.
Paul Aitken - Flanders Fields
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Eleanor Daley - In Flanders Field
arr. Luboff - Deep River
Danny Boy, written by a mother about her son off to war - arr. Flummerfelt
Bach: O Mensch bewein, BWV 622
Samuel Barber - Agnus Dei (Adagio for strings)
Dan Hustad - Amazing Grace
Hubert Parry - Elegy
George Thalben-Ball - Elegy
Bainton - And I saw a new heaven
J. S. Bach - from Mass b-minor the Kyrie and also
the Symbolum Nicenum.
Ockeghem's Tractus "Sicut Cervus Desiderat" (from the Requiem).
on occasions of remembering/reconciliation, especially after big losses like
the tragic events we're going through now, early vocal polyphony works
especially well; most of all for the reason that the strong
structures of the music help regain inner quietness for the victims.
three pieces by Arnold Schoenberg:
A Survivor From Warsaw
Friede auf Erden
Dreimal tausend Jahre
The last one is more "manageable" than the other two, because in total it
has about three printed pages; even though I would still say it needs to
have a skilled group of singers.
J. S. Bach's organ piece "Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir" BWV 686;
especially for its density and structure and positive ending...
Rutter setting of Psalm 23 from his Requiem
Pablo Casals' O Vos Omnes.
Holst/Spring-Rice hymn "I vow to thee, my country";
Barber arrangement of the Agnus Dei, set to the Adagio for Strings;
Bach's Dona Nobis Pacem from the B Minor.
David Stanley York's setting of "Once to Every Man and Nation."
Mahler Symphony #2, finale
Dan Gawthrop - Sing Me to Heaven (if we ever needed music, it's now)
Lo V'Chayil - Elliot Levine - Shadow Press
Not by power or might, but by My spirit, saitht he Lord of hosts.
Quite a list!
David M. Janower
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