Requiem Project: Part II

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The second segment of Q2's 10-hour Requiem Project mix features suggestions from listeners, compositions from contributing composers including Gavin Bryars and Toby Twining, stories from artists and relatives of 9/11 victims, and many other pieces that reflect on timeless and universal themes of loss and consolation.

Read composer testimonials, listener suggestions and album liner notes for the selections below.

You can listen on-demand and view comprehensive playlists for all five parts by clicking on the desired two-hour segment. The five segments will run in series on Q2 here throughout the weekend. 

→ Part I (begins Friday, September 9 at 4 p.m.)

→ Part II (begins Friday, September 9 at 6 p.m.)

→ Part III (begins Friday, September 9 at 8 p.m.)

→ Part IV (begins Friday, September 9 at 10 p.m.)

→ Part V (begins Saturday, September 10 at 12 a.m.)





Part II Playlist

The Sinking of the Titanic by Gavin Bryars
The Smith Quartet
Bang on a Can Live Recording

→ A live performance of The Sinking of the Titanic at the Guggenheim Museum

→ Listen to an excerpt from Gavin Bryars's Cadman Requiem, and read the composer's testimonial

Quatre chants pour franchir le seuil: La mort de la civilisation by Gerard Grisey
New York Philharmonic; Alan Gilbert, conductor; Barbara Hannigan, soprano
A New York Philharmonic Live recording from Symphony Space on November 19, 2010

Renata from Lyndhurst, NJ writes:
Gerard Grisey's "Quatre chants pour franchir le seuil" and Olivier Messiaen's "Quartet for the end of time" are my suggestions.


Requiem, Op. 9: In Paradisum by Maurice Durufle
The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford; Bill Ives, conductor
Harmonia Mundi 2908304

David from NYC writes:
Durufle Requiem!!!

Janice Hazelcorn, mother of 9/11 victim
Interviewed by Cindy Rodriguez for WNYC News (September 11, 2010)



Achaini an Ghra (Requests Of Love), Irish Traditional music
Lasairfhiona Ni Chonaola, lead vocal   
Detour 3984-21662

From the album liner notes:
Composed in the eleventh century by Mael Isu Ua Brolchan.  In this song, the author yearns for God's love.  It is a bilingual song in Latin and Irish, popular at that time.


Ayre: My Eyes Weep by Osvaldo Golijov
Dawn Upshaw, soprano; The Andalucian Dogs  
Deutsche Grammophon B0004782

Q2 writes:
Written for one of the composer's champions, Dawn Upshaw, this Traditional Christian Arab Easter song is set for the soprano backed by the Andalucian Dogs.


Funeral Ikos by John Tavener  
Choir of Kings College, Cambridge; Stephen Cleobury, conductor
Virgin 45352

Q2 writes:
This piece may be best remembered for its performance at Princess Diana's funeral in 1997.


Quartet for the End of Time: Praise to the eternity of Jesus by Olivier Messiaen
Tashi Quartet; Peter Serkin, piano   
RCA 7835 

Renata from Lyndhurst, NJ writes:
Gerard Grisey's "Quatre chants pour franchir le seuil" and Olivier Messiaen's "Quartet for the end of time" are my suggestions. 


Kalokalo, Madagascar Traditional music
Antanosy and Mahafaly Peoples       
Ellipsis Arts 4200

From the album liner notes:
The famadihana tradition on Madagascar is an exhumation ceremony in which the dead are taken from their tombs and rewrapped in fresh clothes.  The festive atmosphere surprises outsiders who find it hard to understand the informality and familiarity that governs relationships between the living and the dead.


Roy De Carava, photographer  
From "911 Voices," produced by WNYC (September 11, 2002)



Chrysalid Requiem: Kyrie by Toby Twining  
Toby Twining Music       
Cantaloupe 21007

Toby Twining writes:
Rather than the commemoration of someone’s death, I found other reasons for this requiem.  The Latin words sing beautifully, cry for a wildly imaginative setting and resonate with layers of metaphor that suggest a complex musical fabric. I also composed a requiem because, like many people, I yearn for new meaning in our culture’s worn-out rites of passage. The urgency of new music — that is, its capacity to express and answer simultaneously the collective yearnings of our time — sheds unexpected light on old truths.

→ Listen to an excerpt from Toby Twining's Chrysalid Requiem, and read the composer's testimonial

Khyal in Deshkar by Neela Bhagwat
Neela Bhagwat, vocal   

Neela Bhagwat writes:
Most of the compositions in Deshkar depict devotees singing prayers to God, mainly Krishna, waking him up to pay attention to their affairs.  I could never relate to these poems.  However, I liked the mood of the raga, its bright hope-giving temperament.  So when I was invited in 1986 to sing at the All India Womens' Conference, the occasion inspired me to interpret the raga.  If, I thought, the raga has been used to wake up Gods, it can do so human being, [sic] for friends, who wish to come together to achieve some goals in life.  That is Deshkar in my view!


Requiem, Op. 48: Pie Jesu by Gabriel Faure
English Chamber Orchestra; Philip Ledger, conductor; Arleen Auger, soprano
Angel/EMI 72811

Charlotte A. from New Jersey writes:
I would appreciate hearing Faure's "Requiem." This piece has meant a great deal to me personally upon the death of any of my loved ones. I think it would be especially appropriate in remembering the deaths of thousands of our fellow citizens on 9/11. 

→ Read WNYC host John Schaefer's reflections on Faure's Requiem


Munyamaye by Hukwe Zawose
Hukwe Zawose, voice, thumb piano, violins, flute, ankle bells   
Carol 2358-2

Translation from the album liner notes:
Quiet, we are singing.  
Motiyani, are you crying?  
Be calm, here we are far from home but can’t you hear how our instruments cry?
Even a sick man will sit up to listen and enjoy.
We are here struggling, searching for life.


WTC 9/11 by Steve Reich
Kronos Quartet
Nonesuch pre-release

From an interview with Steve Reich on WNYC's Soundcheck:
In 2009, a request came from David Harrington of the Kronos Quartet for a 9/11-related piece using tape. The inspiration didn't come immediately. “Three or four months after David proposed this, I thought ‘wait, a minute. I have unfinished business. Then it was crystal clear." Reich took the beeping pulse tone the phone company torments us with when we leave a land-line off the hook and made it the signature sound in WTC 9/11. But what’s usually just annoying becomes more unsettling in the context of this three-movement piece.

 → Read about WTC 9/11's controversial, retracted album cover

 → Listen to Reich discussing WTC 9/11 on WNYC's Studio 360

Concert in memory of Alexander Yurlov by Georgy Sviridov
The Ural Choir; Vladislav Novik, conductor
Saison Russe 288145


Jeré Longman, writer
From "911 Voices," produced by WNYC (September 11, 2002)

Q2 writes:
Longman is the author of Among the Heroes: United Flight 93 and the Passengers and Crew Who Fought Back. His interview appeared in "911 Voices," produced by WNYC.


Three Arias, Sung out the Window Facing Mount Ararat: Lento, ma non troppo by Tigran Mansurian
Boston Modern Orchestra Project; Gil Rose, conductor; Kim Kashkashian, viola
ECM 13257

From the album liner notes:
The piece begins with glistening quartet harmonies, somewhat suggestive of the mouth organs of Japanese and Chinese traditions, over which the viola begins to unfold its melody. The prayer is said, in musical words not so different from those of Armenia or Venice, that what we share in our common human nature may count for more than what we have made of ourselves.


Elegy On The Name "Dmitri Shostakovich" by Stephen Gerber
Kurt Nikkanen, viola
Naxos 559618


Fina DeGrijze, 9/11 mourner
Interviewed by Amy Eddings for WNYC News (October 28, 2001)

Q2 writes:
Fina DeGrijze attended a memorial service at Ground Zero to mourn her former colleagues. She worked at a travel agency — when her office moved, DeGrijze and some employees went to an office in midtown, while others went to work at the World Trade Center.


Symphony No. 3, Op. 36, "Symphony of Sorrowful Songs": Lento e Largo, Tranquillissimo by Henryck Gorecki
London Sinfonietta; David Zinman, conductor; Dawn Upshaw, soprano
Nonesuch 79282

Fotographist from Baltimore, MD writes:
"Gorecki's ""Symphony #3"" immediately comes to mind. I don't believe there has ever been a a comparable musical interpretation of loss during wartime.

Virginia from Chatham, NJ writes:
Not a requiem, per se, but a profoundly moving piece is ""A Symphony of Sorrowful Songs"". I forget whether it's by Gorecki or Aarvo Part, but in any case, I think it plumbs the depths of grief, and would be very appropriate for this occasion.

→ Read WQXR host Midge Woolsey's reflections on Gorecki's Symphony No. 3


Mass: Pax, Communion "Secret Songs" by Leonard Bernstein
Leonard Bernstein, conductor; Jonathan Gram, John d. Anthony, Margaret Cowie, Ronald Young, Joy Franz, Ed Dixon, Barbara Williams, David Cryer, vocalists
CBS/Sony 63089