Hymn for the Lost and the Living, A

From Wind Repertory Project
Eric Ewazen

Eric Ewazen

Subtitle: In Memoriam, September 11, 2001: For Symphonic Band

General Info

Year: 2002
Duration: c. 9:10
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Southern Music Company
Cost: Score and Parts - $75.00   |  Score Only - $10.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Contrabassoon (substitute for contrabass clarinet)
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Gong (or Tam-tam)
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tubular Bells
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

On September 11, 2001, I was teaching my music theory class at the Juilliard School, when we were notified of the catastrophe that was occurring several miles south of us in Manhattan. Gathering around a radio in the school's library, we heard the events unfold in shock and disbelief. Afterwards, walking up Broadway on the sun-filled day, the street was full of silent people, all quickly heading to their homes. During the next several days, our great city became a landscape of empty streets and impromptu, heartbreaking memorials mourning our lost citizens, friends and family. But then on Friday, a few days later, the city seemed to have been transformed. On this evening, walking up Broadway, I saw multitudes of people holding candles, singing songs, and gathering in front of those memorials, paying tribute to the lost, becoming a community of citizens of this city, of this country and of this world, leaning on each other for strength and support.

A Hymn for the Lost and the Living portrays those painful days following September 11th, days of supreme sadness. It is intended to be a memorial for those lost souls, gone from this life, but who are forever treasured in our memories.

A Hymn for the Lost and the Living was commissioned by and is dedicated to the U.S. Air Force Heritage of America Band, Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, Major Larry H. Lang, director.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Eric Ewazen website
  • Ewazen, E. (2002). A Hymn for the Lost and the Living: In Memoriam, September 11, 2001: for Symphonic Band [score]. Southern Music: San Antonio, Tex.