The Requiem Project

Unpacking Q2's September 9-11, 2011 Weekend

Friday, August 12, 2011

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 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.  

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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.

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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.  

→ Inside the Requiem Project


Production Credits

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.


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Comments [10]

Justine Cullinan from Jamaica, New York

The mention of "The Parting Glass" reminded me of another elegiac Irish song: Thomas Moore's "Farewell, but Whenever" [you Welcome the Hour ...]. There's a lovely version by Mary O'Hara and though the words may be thought of as Victorianly sentimental I think they pass the test of evoking true sorrowful emotion (as does also, now that I'm in an Irish vein, An Raibh Tu ar an gCarraig ["Were you at the Rock'].

Aug. 25 2011 10:47 PM
Kate from New York

From "The American War" by Drew Reid (an original work of music from the Civil War)--
"Sullivan Ballou" which is a love song based on the letter of a Union soldier as he went into battle. His words of remembrance to his wife resonate with the 9/11 event.

Aug. 24 2011 12:37 AM
mollyo from NYC

I also love: The Parting Glass by the Clancy Brothers. Another sad but beautiful tune is "Samradh" by the Chieftains, which means "Summer" and denotes the end of summer, which is when 9/11 occurred. It's an incredibly beautiful, wistful, sad melody.

Aug. 23 2011 11:26 PM
mollyo from NYC

Will you remember me? by Sarah McLaughlin.

Also by her: In the arms of the angels.

Aug. 23 2011 11:22 PM

Faure Requiem would be perfect

Aug. 23 2011 06:34 PM
Antonio Celaya from Oakland

Duspain REquiem(s)

Kurtag - Officium breve (not a requiem but a touching memorial nonetheless).

HIndemith When Lilacs Lasted Bloomed at your Door (Never thought I'd reccommend Hindemtiht to anybody)

Brahms Deutches REquiem

Aug. 18 2011 01:20 AM
Andreas from Lakewood, CO

The Delius Requiem
Part: "Agnus Dei" from the Berliner Messe

Aug. 16 2011 12:23 PM
Renata from Lyndhurst

My three proposals:
Officium defunctorum (1605) by Tomás Luis de Victoria
Requiem by Gabriel Fauré
Requiem (Missa pro defunctis) by Roman Maciejewski

Aug. 16 2011 08:46 AM
David from NYC

Durufle Requiem!!!

Aug. 15 2011 12:13 AM
Uncle Dave Lewis from Lebanon, OH

I'd go for the earliest named requiem, that by Ockeghem, as recorded by Ensemble Organum on Harmonia mundi.

Aug. 12 2011 06:32 PM

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