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September 11, tenth anniversary music

Sunday Sept. 11, 2011 is the tenth anniversary of 9-11.  Does anyone have ideas for moderately easy pieces that a church choir could sing in remembrance of this anniversary?  Thanks!
Phil Barnett
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on June 29, 2011 10:26pm

The second movement of my "A Song, A Prayer, A Voyage" would be appropriate for this occasion. You may find it listed in the Consort Press catalog here: - and I can send an mp3 if you'd like to hear it. Scored for 2 part mixed chorus, horn, & piano. About 4 minutes.

Good luck with your search.






Come we all in praise of life,

Rid the earth of human strife,

By this deed our souls regain,

Lest our lives be spent in vain.


Pray that all may learn to bend,

War is not the means, nor end.

Keep this prayer, and keep it well,

May it now within you dwell.


Wars have come, and wars have gone,

Human lives have been withdrawn,

Brothers, sisters, fathers, wives,

Most in blood have lost their lives.


We must now as Earthlings be,

Earthlings, not as nations, we,

Borders, boundaries do confound,

All intent to bring us 'round.


John Biggs (1932-    )

on June 30, 2011 4:39am
We are doing One Song by Pepper Choplin.
on June 30, 2011 5:08am
A timely question for me... I've been asked to assist with music for an interfaith commemoration. As a musician deeply committed to Christian worship and theology this will be tricky. I plan to propose music/texts that speak to transcendent themes that are essential to faith and offer lament, humility, hope, love and encouragement, but don't specifically refer to religious dogma.  Some of the pieces on my working list might not be helpful, Phil, for your church service -  yet many *are* sacred- just don't have specific references to Christ)  I am eager to hear ideas from the forum.  
I've heard that Lee Dengler has a new piece for this occasion, but I can't find it yet. Anyone know anything about it?  Is Mr. Dengler on the list?
Here's a list I'm kicking around ..
Light of a Clear Blue Morning - Dolly Parton/arr. Craig Hella Johnson - not sure if it is even in print!
Peace Like a River - ditto
Alleluia - Ralph Manuel or Randall Thompson
Lord, Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace - whose setting do you like best?
Lord, I Stretch My Hands to You - Althouse
Dona Nobis Pacem from B min mass - JSB
Shall We Gather/Deep River - the arranger's name slips my mind and I'm not at my office
The Storm is Passing Over 
Prayer of the Children (if crying "Jesus, help me" passes muster....)
City Called Heaven - Poelenitz
Barter/Life Has Loveliness to Sell - whose setting do you like best?
Choose Something Like a Star (Frostiana) - Randall Thompson
Dan Wagner
Minister of Music, Grace UMC, Naperville, IL
on June 30, 2011 5:24am
Mr. Barnett: we did "Kyrie from Memorial" by Renee Clausen with our community choir. It is a beautiful, moving piece and can be done with several good rehearsals! My group loved it. It was written for the 9/11 memorial specifically. Good luck!
on June 30, 2011 5:37am
I wrote a piece shortly after 9/11, which is simple enough for young people, moving enough for adults.  It is called "The Promise of the Garden", and is available through Hinshaw Music, Inc., or at J.W. Pepper. It has been performed many times.
Hope you like it, and find it something you can use.
Valerie Crescenz
on June 30, 2011 11:23am
"A Child's Prayer" by James MacMillan is very moving. Needs 2 very good soloists.
Some churches have used the hymn tune "How can I keep from singing" as an uplifting remembrance piece. I have an arrangement of it, published by Santa Barbara Music Publishing.
Karen Thomas
Artistic Director
Seattle Pro Musica
on June 30, 2011 7:15pm
Please consider the following three compositions.
Grant Us Peace (one of the selected works in the Waging Peace Through Singing repertoire; written in memory of the victims of 9/11;  English text from Gates of Prayer) - SATB - 2001 - ECS Publishing #6031. Please follow this link to see a PDF of the score.
Please follow this link to hear a professional demo recording of this title.
A Prayer for Peace (English) - SATB - 2007 - ECS Publishing #7142. Please follow this link to see a PDF of the score and to hear a professional demo recording of this title.
A Prayer for the World (English - text by Harold S. Kushner, renowned author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People) - SATB - 2004 - ECS Publishing #6328 . Please follow this link to see a PDF of the score and to hear a professional demo recording of this title.
Thank you for your consideration.
Stanley M. Hoffman, Ph.D.
on June 30, 2011 11:22pm
Phil -- "Awaken Me, O Mighty One" sets Psalm 54 for SATB choir, trumpet and organ.  I set Nan Merrill's contemporary translation of Psalm 54, which prays to be freed from fear and illusion and be filled with love and wisdom.  It is dedicated to all people terrorized by the September 11 attacks.  I'd call it moderately difficult rather than moderately easy but you or others still might want to perform it.  More info at this link.  good luck, chris  
on July 1, 2011 4:05am
HOPE - Music by Philip Stopford 
This was composed for the Consecration of the Spire of Hope in Belfast Cathedral, Northern Ireland, on September 11th 2007, in the presence of the Bishop of New York.
The words are those of CARL P. DAW, JR. (b. 1944) 
Thank you for your consideration. 
Philip Stopford 
on July 1, 2011 6:45am is the site of John Hetland, whose superb Renaissance editions are at CHORALWIKI,
    He composed a small memorial Requiem round for 9/11, which he may share. It is very compelling.
on July 1, 2011 2:18pm
A service I sang roughly two weeks after 9/11/01 consisted of the Rutter Requiem and his *Be Thou My Vision.* Incredibly moving back then; might work just as well now.
Hope this helps,
Robert A.M. Ross
on July 1, 2011 5:05pm
My treble choir premiered Nancy Reale Gifford's "Lady of Liberty" in 2001.  It was composed as a tribute to the event and it's beautiful.  We'll be performing it again this fall but  I'm not sure who published it because everyone had permission to copy through Sept.11, 2002 with a donation to the American Red Cross 2001 Relief Fund.  Nancy works with Santa Barbara so maybe they publish it.  I highly recommend it.
on July 1, 2011 5:13pm
Hi Phil,
My choral piece, Et In Terra Pax, was commissioned by The Gregg Smith Singers and is for SATB a cappella.  I took the Latin text and interspersed English words of Peace on Earth, and For the Children etc.  Although it is not yet up on my website, I would be happy to send you a perusal score for your consideration.
Many thanks and best wishes in your search.
on July 4, 2011 12:41pm
Gran Us Thy Peace by Geoff Wilcken
Written in response to 9/11
on July 5, 2011 6:49am
The Mendelssohn Verleih uns Frieden is lovely, if maybe a little long for a Sunday anthem.  Could be done in English if need be.
on July 5, 2011 8:58am
Also, the Barrie Cabena Lord, Make Me an Insturment of thy Peace is gorgeous, if fairly difficult.
on July 5, 2011 10:45am
Dominick Argento's setting of Shakespeare's Sonnet No. LXIV (64) is a hauntingly appropriate and powerful work, just about 4 min. long. Some instances list the title as "Sonnet LXIV (In Memoriam 9/11/01)." Here's what Argento himself says about the piece:
"I was residing in Florence when terrorists attacked the twin towers of the World Trade Center. A friend of mine and manager of St. Paul's Schubert Club, Bruce Carlson, emailed Sonnet No. LXIV to me saying he had wished to reprint the poem in their booklet for an upcoming recital but his office staff, finding it too bleak, talked him out of it. I agreed with his staff, but his email was pure serendipity: not having yet found a text for the short choral piece commissioned by the Sixth World Symposium on Choral Music, Shakespeare's poem so perfectly accorded with my own response to the events of 9/11 that this brief elegy virtually wrote itself."
You can listen to a recording here:
Good luck with your search Phil!
John Muehleisen
on July 5, 2011 3:25pm
May I humbly suggest my piece "Blessed Be the Lord, My Rock," a setting of Psalm 144, which happened to be the first text I opened to after the planes hit the two towers.  I set the text for SAB chorus, sitting at the piano in tears.  The piece is dedicated to the victims and survivors of that day.  The setting gets very soft at "rescue me, deliver me," performed beautifully by The Singers--Minnesota Choral Artists in the demo recording (click the link above to hear it).  The text is below:
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Blessed be the Lord, my rock and my fortress,
  my stronghold, my deliverer,
  My shield and he in whom I take refuge.

We are like breath,
  our days are like a passing shadow.

Bow thy heav'ns, O Lord, come down!
Stretch forth thy hand from on high,
  rescue me, deliver me.

I will sing a new song to thee, O God.
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