Holidays: Sept. 11 memorial
Here is the compilation of responses to my question re: appropriate music
for a 9/11 memorial. Thanks to all who responded!
St. Paul's School
Concord, NH 03301
I know there were a couple of pieces published by Choristers'
Guild/Lorenz, neither of which is unaccompanied, I'm afraid. I saw them
at a Choristers Guild Mid-Winter Workshop in Atlanta last January, but I
don't remember a lot about them... in fact, it is possible that one or
both was written for children rather than adults, since CG publishes a
lot of music for youth and children. I don't remember if either included
handbells. Neither, as I recall, was a particularly sophisticated piece
of music, but your friend might want to look at the CG catalog, just in
case one might suit her purposes. I think John Horman was the composer
of one of them, but I'm really fuzzy about the other one... Michael
St. Andrews Presbyterian Church
There is a work that was written by Michael Zegarski, and actor and
singer in NYC, who wrote the piece after having viewed the WTC on 9/12.
It is called "Unity Anthem" and you can learn about it on a web
Michael gave me permission to make an arrangement of the piece that is
for Baritone Solo and Chorus, accompanied by keyboard (opt. bass and
drums) which was part of the program our community choir gave last
week. The work has been very well received. It is a truly inspiring
composition, very powerful, hopeful and affirmative.
If you are interested, I could send you a copy of the score (in Finale).
Thanks for your interest,
Crystal Lake, IL
"Make Me an Instrument of Thy Peace" by Kevin McChesny was written to
commemorate the children that were killed at Columbine -- it's with
handbells and flute, but as far as I know, it has not been written for
choir. The composer dedicates it "to the victims of the shooting at
Columbine High School and other acts of senselesss violence."
Ruth McKendree Treen
I have a work for SATB choir a cappella entitled Press Onward which was
composed around the time of September 11. The work is a setting of the
powerful poem by Christina Rossetti entitled Press Onward.
I also have a work which is specifically dedicated to the victims of 9/11
and for furtherance of dialogue between different religions. This work is a
10 minute work for soprano, trumpet, and piano entitled Hagar's Prayer.
Both works are available for sale through me. For a recording and/or
perusal score please do not hesitate to contact me at:
918 Charleston Greene
Malvern, PA 19355
"Never more will the wind" by Steven Sametz for a capella mixed voices,
inspired by the 9/11 tragedy. Premiered 6/29/02 by The Princeton Singers
conducted by the composer at Lehigh University Bethlehem PA.
You may contact him at: sps0(a)lehigh.edu
Hope this helps
Heaven's Open Arms" by Donna Rhodenizer and Andy Duinker
Published by Red Castle Publishing.
Mail: 9064 Commercial Street
PO Box 10001
New Minas, NS
There's a beautiful new piece by Robert Powell called "Peace Between
Neighbors" for unison choir with keyboard accompaniment. It is published by
Paraclete Press. It isn't secular, though, so it might not work for a school
A friend who monitors choralist has forwarded to me your request for
information regarding recently composed works written in commemoration of
the tragedy of September 11th. As it happens, I was commissioned to write an
a cappella anthem by a group which asked for a text which reflected our
feelings of horror following these events, but which also offered both hope
My frequent collaborator, Jane Griner, wrote the text quoted below in
response to the request, incorporating passages and language from the King
James version of the Bible:
Incline Thou, O Lord, Thy heart to me,
For I have need of Thee, and of Thy mercy.
I have eaten ashes like bread
And mingled my drink with weeping.
Horror hath taken hold on me.
Open Thou, O Lord, my darkened eyes.
Let thy work appear unto thy servant,
And let Thy glory shine before thy children
That I may see thy hand in all things.
Let Thy kindness be for my comfort.
Establish Thou, O Lord, the work of my hands,
Yea, the work of my hands, establish Thou it.
With my whole heart I have sought Thee,
O let me not wander from Thy judgments.
Let my soul be sealed to Thee.
Return unto thy rest, O my soul.
Let the beauty of the Lord God be upon me.
I will walk before the Lord in the land of the living,
And praise him, for He is my salvation.
Bless now, O Lord, my constant course.
The piece was premiered this past Spring and will be published by the end of
the year. I would be happy to send you a pre-publication copy if you'll
provide a mailing address. If you should need copies prior to publication I
can arrange a license to photocopy without difficulty.
I highly recommend "A Prayer For Our Time" by Pamela and Joseph Martin
Flammer Music A 7600
It was composed in response to the tragic events of 9/11, and incorporates
the tune "Melita".
Try "A Prayer for Our Nation" written by Joseph and Pamela Martin, published
by Shawnee Press. It has keyboard accompaniment, also uses the tune of
"Eternal Father" in part of it. Very moving and appropriate.
I have one suggestion (we used it this past Sept.)..."Even when God is
silent" by Michael Horvit (a cap., s.a.t.b., publ. Transcontinental)
I believe in 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.
Text was written on a wall of a hideout from the Gestapo. Very moving.
I'm not sure if the piece is "formal" enough, but
there is a Choral arrangement of the Alan Jackson
piece "Where were you when the world stopped turning?"
which he wrote immediately following the attacks.
The title is actually "Where were you?"...you can find
it at www.jwpepper.com
Best of luck!
My school is planning a 9/11 memorial concert also. I found very long lists
on the Choralnet archives of memorial music, music of remembrance, and songs
of peace, joy, and love. This may not be very helpful to you - I know
several songs were composed specifically in reaction to the events of 9/11,
but those were not separated out. Maybe you will hear from composers.
Eleanor Daley--For the Fallen, with trumpet,but heard it done a
cappella--text writtne in honor of those killed in WWI battles, I
Indeed, I have constructed a piece that is in part improvisatory. We used
vibraphone but bells might work. I can send you a recording at some point
(hopefully it will be part of the Roanoke College Choir website soon) if
you'd like. If interested beyond that, I could jot down, or clean up, what
my singers used. We used
the following text:
La sua voluntadine e nostra pace--God's will is our peace.
It was quite well received and I must say humbly that I was very pleased
with the way it turned out.
All best wishes,
P.S. You may find the concert(s) we did as a musical response to 9/11 of
interest. See our website below.
We have written a piece called Heaven's Open Arms. Although it is not
written specially for 911, we have had requests for the piece for memorial
presentations for Sept. 11. If you email your postal address to us, we could
send you a complimentary copy to look to see if it might work for you.
What kind of choirs do you work with? Hope to hear from you soon.
Red Castle Publishing
Pachabel's Canon of Piece: Dona Nobis Pacem (Grant Us Peace) It is
accompanied with Flute and Piano (not sure how it would sound without the
Piano-Melody is exchanged between voicings, this is what we are doing in my
Music Director, Saint Patrick's Catholic Church
I have a setting of Psalm 23, with a narrated intro, that I wrote in
response to the events of Sept 11; I am just in the process of re-editing to
begin rehearsals in a couple of weeks for a local Sept 11 memorial service.
The voicing is SATB, accomp is piano, though the Psalm 23 setting was
designed to be separately performable unaccompanied. I would be happy to
share it with any and all; just let me know if you would like a copy.
Frank M. Wells III, Director
Tampa Bay Concert Choir
I am a co-composer of a 3-part chorus (+piano) titled "I Have a Friend". It
is intended for children's choir, though I have heard of adult choruses
performing it. You can find lyrics and sheet music in a couple of formats
There are three pieces that were written in commemoration of 9/11, and were
performed down here in Charleston,SC at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival with by
the Carolina Chamber Chorale.- Timothy Koch, Conductor/Music Director.
An American Triptych by Arlen Clarke
Ashes by Trevor Weston
Restless Mourning by Anthony Davis
Of these three your best bet might be Ashes. It is acapella-for mixed
chorus, and semi-chorus (octet or so). This is a very colorful piece and not
too difficult, there are some aeliatoric sections though.
Trevor Weston is a composer in residence at the College of Charleston music
Assistant Conductor Carolina Chamber Chorale
completed in response to 9/11. It's the final movement of a larger
commission for Fresno and Chico (California State Universities) to be
premiered this Fall. Arrangements might be made for presentation of this
movement only, pending the full premiere in November.
After Columbine HS, we had Allan E. Naplan write a piece for us. It's called
Sim Shalom, and is a Hebrew prayer to end war and bloodshed and bring us all
together in one community for peace. It works for 9/11 too! Unfortunately
Boosey and Hawkes are dragging their heals getting it published. And I've
lost Allan's email address. Perhaps you can ask for him to respond to you on
Choralist. It's a beautiful piece. (two-part treble with piano)
Jena Dickey, founder/director
Young Voices of Colorado
The Randall Thompson "Alleluia" would suit such an occasion. I don't know
of any works written to memorialize the occasion, unfortunately.
You might be interested in my piece "American Anthem".
I wrote the song "American Anthem" which Denyce Graves sang for President
Clinton at the millennium celebration on the Mall, at President Bush's
inauguration, and most recently on the Oprah Winfrey show. I just had
SATB/Piano, TTBB/Piano, and SSA/ Piano choral arrangements done of the piece
and wanted to know whether you might be interested in getting a review copy.
The SATB version with orchestra will be performed by a chorus of 400 at
Carnegie Hall on May 26th. The song has also been performed by the National
Symphony, The St. Louis Symphony,US Army Band and Chorus and a number of
churches around the country.
The song was arranged by Gary Fry who arranged my song "Christmas Once More"
last year for the Chicago Symphony and Chicago Symphony Chorus- (Duain Wolfe
conducted). If you want to find out more information about me you can look
at my website www.genescheer.com
You might also go to Oprah.com (search- American Anthem)
to read the lyrics and about Denyce's performance. In any event, I'd be
happy to send you a review copy Just email me the address you'd like me to
send it to and I will send one off.
All best, Gene Scheer
I don't know if this is of any use to you, but I've attached a concert
program from our concert last fall.
Best, Pam Schneller
JUSTORUM ANIMAE Orlando di Lasso
The souls of the righteous are in the hands of God,
and death shall not touch them with any torment.
Though they seemed to the minds of the unenlightened as dead, they are at
FREEDOM COME Ben Allaway (1993)
Mary Koles, soloist
Thirty-One (Lao Tsu, sixth century B.C.) John Zinda
KYRIE ELEISON Louis Vierne
Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
Luke 6:27-30 Frank Lee
Dhammapada I:5, 17:3 David Linn
LACRIMOSA (from Requiem) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
O how tearful that day, on which the guilty shall rise
from the embers to be judged. Spare them then, O God.
September 1, 1939 (excerpted, W.H. Auden) Sheryl Fleisch
EVEN WHEN GOD IS SILENT Michael Horvit (1993)
Poem found on the walls of a basement in Cologne, Germany, 1945
O PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM Herbert Howells
SI CONSISTANT ADVERSUM ME Antonio Caldara
Lord, from thee comes our strength and salvation.
When our foes come with might to threaten us,
we trust in thee.
THAT LONESOME ROAD James Taylor and Don Grolnick
Arr. Simon Carrington (1981) ar
CHICHESTER PSALMS, Second Movement Leonard Bernstein
Annie Davis, soloist 1918-1990
(Soloist and Women) The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures,
he leadeth me beside the still waters, he restoreth my soul,
he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness, for his name¹s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil, for thou art with me.
Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies,
thou anointest my head with oil, my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. (Psalm 23)
(Men) Why do the nations rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?
The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together
against the Lord and against his anointed,
saying, let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.
He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh, and the Lord shall have them in
derision! (Psalm 2:1-4)
CHICHESTER PSALMS (Movement III) Leonard Bernstein
Erica Clark, Elizabeth Hale, Brian Love, soloists
Lord, Lord, my heart is not haughty, nor mine eyes lofty,
neither do I exercise myself in great matters or in things too wonderful for
Surely I have calmed and quieted myself, as a child that is weaned of his
my soul is even as a weaned child.
Let Israel hope in the Lord from henceforth and forever. (Psalm131)
Behold how good, and how pleasant it is,
for brethren to dwell together in unity. (Psalm 133:1)
Surah Baqara, Chapter 2, Verses 153-157 from the Holy Quran Sabrina Zaman
EV¹RY TIME I FEEL THE SPIRIT William Dawson
Lee Wheeler-Berliner and Zhubin Parang, soloists 1898-1990
I'll probably be the umpteenth person to bring this up: The esteemed
hymnodist Carl P. Daw wrote "When sudden terror tears apart" in response
to 9/11. If you don't hear from anyone else about this text, I can
provide more details.
I wrote a song on words by Rev Carl Daw Jr "When sudden terror tears apart".
You can find it on my site : http://www.the-hill-of-songs.net
Click on compositions, then on Peace songs and then on When sudden terror.
You can look at the score and hear a model of this piece.
If you like it you can ask me for the score and I'll send it to you.
-- Jacques Guyader
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
228 Placid Drive
Schenectady, NY 12303-5118
518/356-9155 (W: 518/442-4167)