In its critical review of "September 11, 2001" Composers Quarterly suggested that ...."every American should listen to this again on each anniversary of "9/11".
This work was honored on the first anniversary of "9/11" on September 11, 2002 as it was broadcast "live" in its entirety, without interruption, over a national network of radio stations across America.
"September 11, 2001" is a C.D. which musically recreates the events and the emotions of the "9/11" tragedy. It is very descriptive and emotional music. It has been described by critics as....."an overwhelming conception which expresses one of the most profoundly historical events in modern history". It is instrumental orchestral music played by piano and symphonic strings. It contains modern classical music, jazz, popular music and well- known songs from Americana. The work is comprised of three distinct movements on extended tracks:
"The Attack" (14:32) "The Devastation" (12:56) "The Recovery" (10:32)
"The Attack" describes a beautiful Autumn Day in New York by playing "Autumn in New York" when suddenly an airliner crashes into the North Tower of the World Trade Center. It appears to be an accident. Confusion and rescue ensue, until shortly later when another airliner slams into the South Tower of the World Trade Center. America now knows that she is under attack. The world soon also learns that other airliners have been hijacked and subsequently crash into the Pentagon and into a Pennsylvania field. In New York, panic and chaos pervade as people try to escape, while brave rescue workers try to save them.
Shortly after 10:00 a.m. the South Tower of the World Trade Center tumbles to the ground as the world watches in disbelief and horror on live television.
Twenty nine minutes later the North Tower of the World Trade Center also comes crashing down.
"The Devastation" reveals a ghastly landscape of smoldering ruins, as the task of grim rescue and recovery starts, while America and the world are filled with grief and sorrow for the thousands of people killed. The movement finally ends by playing "Taps" which pays tribute to those who are now gone.
"The Recovery" begins by playing familiar American music of comfort and hope. "Amazing Grace" and "Over the Rainbow" express the American spirit of optimisim followed by many of the popular American songs sung by people all over the country during the days of "9/11"....."America the Beautiful" and Irving Berlin's "God Bless America". Regardless of political beliefs or attitudes, both liberals, conservatives, citizens and non-citizens were singing these well-known American songs for comfort and hope.
Finally, "The Recovery" expresses the need for justice as it moves into the "Battle Hymn of the Republic" in a spirited march, which evolves into an uplifting and emotional ending of "4th of July"- type fireworks....anticipating the eventual goal that all civilized nations may unite in a common purpose of making a better world for all people.
This C.D. is approximately 40 minutes in total length. It is best felt and absorbed by listening to it in its entirety, since the tracks are extended into a continuous story line.