After Halloween: Music for All Saints' and All Souls' Days

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This week, All Ears honors All Saints' and All Souls' Days, two religious holidays dating back to the Second Century A.D.  

The traditions of honoring saints and departed souls are aligned with but not limited to the Christian and Catholic faiths. In this program host Terrance McKnight dishes out musical examples of composers across various cultures and backgrounds who wrote music to honor the deceased.

Join the discussion: A few years ago on this holiday, McKnight asked listeners for musical suggestions. This episode includes some of those works. Which composer or artist would you say most needs intercession, and why? And please have fun with this!




I got a new name

Wendell Whalum

Morehouse College Glee Club



Sine Nomine (For All the Saints)

Ralph Vaughan Williams

Choir of Worchester Cathedral

Christopher Robinson, conductor


Hassidic Chant: Kaddish


Paul Robeson, baritone

Alan Booth, piano



Kaddish for Cello and Orchestra

David Diamond

Seattle Symphony

Gerard Schwarz

Janos Starker, cello



Threnody for Carlos Chavez

Lou Harrison

Gamelan Sekar Kembar

Susan Bates, violin



Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten

Arvo Part

Moscow Virtuosi

Vladimit Spivakov, conductor




Bobby McFerrin

Bobby McFerrin, vocals

Cyro Baptista, percussion

Blue Note


O Ignis Spiritus Paracliti

Hildegard of Bingen

Trinity College Choir, Cambridge

Richard Marlow, conductor



Lux aeterna

Nadia Boulanger

Olivier Charlier, violin

Isabelle Sabrie, soprano

Francis Pierre, harp

Raphaelle Semezis, cello

Marco Polo


Eternity’s Sunrise

John Tavener

Academy of Ancient Music Paul Goodwin, conductor Patricia Rozario, soprano Harmonia Mundi


Piano Sonata No. 9 “Black Mass”

Alexander Scriabin

Sviatoslav Richter, piano



Lux aeterna

Morten Lauridson

L.A. Master Chorale and Sinfonia

Paul Salumanuvich, conductor



Elegiaque Trio


Kempf Trio



Cadman Requiem

Gavin Bryars


Hilliard Ensemble

Point Music