Such unity has been harder to come by in the years that followed, but what is most important is that we stay focused on our common humanity. Thankfully, music can often be a great unifier, and a healthy means of expressing and processing our grief. As we look back at the events of September 11, 2001, we offer up these tracks In Memoriam.
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19. Steve Reich – WTC 9/11: III. WTC – Commissioned, performed, and recorded by the Kronos Quartet, WTC 9/11 incorporates pre-recorded vocals taken from first responders, as well as interviews Reich conducted with friends and neighbors who were in Manhattan when the attack occurred. The original cover artwork for the album included an image of the World Trade Center during the attack, but this was changed to the current version following complaints.
20. John Adams – On the Transmigration of Souls – Premiered a year after the 9/11 attacks, this work was commissioned by the New York Philharmonic and went on to win a Pulitzer and multiple Grammys. It is meant to convey not just the transmigration of souls from life to death, but also the changes that occur within those who are left behind in the aftermath. Adams prefers to call the work a “memory space”, rather than a requiem or memorial.
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