Although it stems from a specific religious tradition, the requiem has become a versatile, generous form through which many composers have addressed the fundamental human concerns surrounding mortality. Requiems mourn the dead, and they’re appropriately reverent and solemn. But they also can be dramatic and uplifting. Ten years after the events of September 11, 2001, the requiem continues to be a valuable form for exploring the lasting shock, anger, and sorrow of loss — and for celebrating what remains.
The Q2 Requiem Project will use music and text to reflect upon September 11, as well as human resilience in the face of tragedy across cultures, generations and eras:
THE Q2 STREAM
The weekend of September 11, Q2 will present Friday through Sunday a span of music addressing themes fundamental to the classical requiem. Beginning with diverse requiems and pieces written specifically to commemorate 9/11, the Q2 stream will open its arms across centuries and cultures to work that confronts tragedy and loss, and offers comfort and solace. We'd love to hear your suggestions, so please send us your musical choices for requiems — religious and secular, from traditions foreign and familiar.
PORTRAITS OF MOURNING AND RECOVERY
The Q2 stream will contain short sound collages that knit together first-hand accounts and reflections on September 11, 2001, conjuring a city and country transformed. We’ll also hear voices from other cultures, countries and eras, reflecting on loss and consolation. As part of this aspect of the Q2 Requiem Project, we’d like to include your memories in the stream.
INSIDE THE REQUIEM PROJECT
Over the next month, Q2 will dig deep into these studies in sorrow and resolution. Along the way, we’ll keep you posted on the process of curating the stream and its many elements — and we’ll need your insights and feedback. We like to think of this area as our informal workshop, in which all are invited to observe and participate.
Q2's Requiem Project is produced by Alex Ambrose and Jenny Lawton, with production assistance from Kevin Mayner. Special thanks to Andy Lanset, Marcos Sueiro Bal and Katie Salmon.