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for the victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks and all victims of senseless violence

By Rene Clausen

SATB choir, baritone voice, full orchestra
For the victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks and all victims of senseless violence. Composed by Rene Clausen. Major Work, Concert, Sacred. Roger Dean Publishing #45/1133R. Published by Roger Dean Publishing (LO.45-1133R).

Item Number: LO.45-1133R

The Raymond W. Brock Commission for the 2003 American Choral Directors Association National Convention, Memorial is based on subject material which reflects the horrific events of September 11, 2001 in New York City. Though presented as one continuous movement, the composition follows a program that comprises four sub-sections: September Morning, The Attack, Prayers, and Petitions. The first two sections reflect the actual chain of events leading up to and including the attacks upon the World Trade Center Towers. The music of destruction, however, is kept to a minimum in favor of musical emphasis upon a possible spiritual response to these events. Healing, cleansing and hope are the main themes of the work, whose primary text of the final section is one verse from Psalm 80, "O God, shine your light on us, and we shall be saved." Although composed with the events of 9/11 in mind, nowhere does the text specifically mention 9/11 or the specific events of the day.

  • September Morning 
  • The Attack 
  • Prayers 
  • Petitions 

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  • 5

    Amanda Jeffords
    Woodbridge, VA
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  • November 03, 2008 Words just cannot describe...

    This is an incredibly moving piece that depicts so well the events of that September morning. My High School Concert Choir sang this song in 2007 for a memorial concert in honor of all war veterans. Let me tell you it was very difficult to stay composed while singing this...

    song. Rehearsal was fine, but when we finally sang the song in front of an audience, it was difficult. The 'Kyrie' section was particularly hard for me because of the sheer beauty of the music combined with the chorus and the feelings that the melody evokes inside you. Its something you really can't understand unless you yourself are singing the song. The music alone is so vivid and telling, you can't help but see the events of that day play out in your mind. Personally, I think Mr. Clausen is a musical genius. This compositioin proves it.

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  • 5

    Matthew Higa
    Davis, CA
  • May 04, 2005 Fabulous work! Loved singing it!

    The choirs of Sacramento State University sang the West Coast premiere of this marvelous work on 5/1 and it was received favorably by our audience. It is not too technically difficult though it may be a tad high for some basses and sopranos. There is also a rhythmically aleatoric...

    section in the chorus while the baritone soloist sings. A less experienced chorus may have a little difficulty with this part. You will need a first-rate horn player as there is a short but difficult solo about 2/3 of the way through the performance. Although it is a one movement piece, there are four distinct subsections and many of us agreed that the 4th subsection, the "Kyrie", is one of the most beautiful musical moments ever written. This work can be emotionally hard to take when the part describing the attack is reached. Some of our choir members came very close to tears at our first rehearsal w/ the orchestra. It is a work well worth doing and we would all sing it again in a heartbeat.

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