By Rene Clausen
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Memorial. (for the victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks and all victims of senseless violence). By Rene Clausen. For SATB choir, baritone voice, full orchestra. Major Work, Concert, Sacred. Published by Roger Dean Publishing (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.
Location: from Woodbridge, VA
November 3, 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...
21 of 42 people found this review helpful.
Location: from Davis, CA
May 4, 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...
19 of 38 people found this review helpful.