Adams's 'On the Transmigration of Souls'
Thursday, September 08, 2011
The New York Philharmonic presents two works in honor of the tenth anniversary of 9/11. The program includes On the Transmigration of Souls by John Adams and a rebroadcast of the Brahms German Requiem, performed in New York on September 20, 2001.
The 25-minute On the Transmigration of Souls, for orchestra, chorus, children's choir and tape, was commissioned by the New York Philharmonic in Jan. 2002 and premiered in Sept. 2002. The piece's texts are drawn directly from the victims' names, from missing persons' signs and excerpts from The New York Times' "Portraits of Grief" series. The work won a Pulitzer Prize in 2003 and the Philharmonic’s recording of it won three Grammys in 2005.