Jessica Locke

Reading of the Names 9/11: The Firefighters

Instrumentationtwo versions: orchestra w/ SATB chorus (32 voices at least) or orchestra only: 2+1,1+1,2,2 - 3,2,3,(1) - timp, perc(3), harp, strings
Length3 min 15 sec.
CommentsThis piece was written as a tribute for the firefighters for the September 11 anniversary. It is in the style of a funeral march, but projects pride and hope. It would also be suitable for Memorial Day, a concert for heroes, or Flag Day. If using a choir, you need at least 32 voices SATB, but can be performed with just orchestra.

From program notes: "Reading of the Names 9/11: The Firefighters" captures the raw complexity of a sinful act against extraordinary courage. It is a painting of unbearable grief and continued hope, strength, and determination, reminding us that in the ashes of death and sorrow we exhumed a united humanity." (D. Carroll)
SourcesJessica Locke
505 Waltham Street
W. Newton MA 02465
(617) 924-9999 or
ExtrasRecording available on CD, Finale prepared score
HistoryPlayed on WCRB, Boston's classical radio station on the morning of September 11, 2002. World premiere performance on February 8, 2003, with orchestra and chorus.
Contributorthe composer

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