About the Music
Reading of the Names 9/11: The Firefighters is a 4 minute composition for orchestra and/or SATB chorus that includes the names of the 343 firefighters who gave their lives on 9/11 as the only words. It is elegant, dramatic, and beautiful, suitable for Memorial Day, a concert for heroes, American Music, or Flag Day.
The piece can be performed by orchestra alone, orchestra with chorus, or orchestra with 4 or more readers. There is also a version for SATB chorus with piano or organ accompaniment and percussion.
What is the Orchestration?
Orchestra: 2+1, 1+1, 2, 2 – 3,2,3,(1) – timp, perc (3) harp, strings. If you are performing with SATB chorus, 32 voices at least; or four or more readers.
Is it difficult?
No. It is very easy, mostly quarter notes and half notes in the key of a minor. The choir or readers have the most challenge in learning how to space the names in the time allotted, but this is usually worked out in one or two rehearsals.
Do you supply sheet music?
Absolutely. We email a PDF score and a complete set of parts.
Who has performed it?
Reading of the Names 9/11: The Firefighters was performed by Knox County Symphony Orchestra and Kenyon College Chamber Singers, Alma Symphony Orchestra, Hewlett-Packard Symphony Orchestra, Camellia Symphony Orchestra, Laredo Philharmonic, and Masterworks Chorale of Toledo Ohio. It was also aired on Boston’s classical music station WCRB on the anniversary of 9/11; by WPLM in Plymouth, MA, and WGTE, Toledo, OH. It was most recently performed by the Contra Costa Children’s Chorus and the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestra.
How much does it cost?
Fees vary depending on orchestra size, size of hall, admission price, etc. For non-professional orchestras I charge less. I offer discounts on multiples. Email me for a quick quote with the size of hall, whether you are pro/amateur/student orchestra, ticket prices, number of seats, expected attendance.