Tribute

In commemoration of the events of 9/11 — dedicated to those who work for peace.

Instrumentation
  • 3232 | 4331 | timp+3 | 6 handbell ringers (opt) | harp (opt) | strings
Duration
c 10'15
Listen to a recording
Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra, Matthew Hazelwood, conductor
Commissioned by
  • Michael Gagliardo and the Etowah Youth Symphony Orchestras
Year of composition
2002
Program note

Commissioned by conductor Michael Gagliardo and the Etowah Youth Symphony Orchestra, Tribute commemorates the heroism shown on September 11, 2001 and reflects on the shocked and confused response of a nation struggling to understand what had happened.

I composed Tribute while in residence at Copland House in Cortlandt Manor, NY, where Aaron Copland lived and worked the last thirty years of his life.  The music was composed in his spacious glass-walled studio between March 23 and April 27, 2002.  With gratitude to Copland House and as my own "tribute" to Mr. Copland, the composer's initials A.C. are heard at the open and close of Tribute as major chords on A and C, played by the strings; and echoes of Mr. Copland's ‘Fanfare for the Common Man’ are used both rhythmically and melodically as structural motives throughout the piece.

In 2013, a work for Grade 4/5 wind ensemble based on Tribute was commissioned by a consortium of 24 high school and collegiate wind ensembles. That piece is called Tribute: Those Who Serve, and is dedicated to the many professional and volunteer First Responders in our communities who stand tall in times of local and national crisis.  For information on Tribute: Those Who Serve, click here.