Rachel Weeping for Her Children September 11 2001
Oboe I or I-II (I dlb Eng. Hn.)
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet
Bb Contrabass Clarinet (optional)
Alto Saxophone I-II
Trumpet (in Bb) I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Percussion I-II, including
- Cymbals (crash and suspended)
- Orchestra bells (Glockenspiel)
None discovered thus far.
A poignant work that marries the great shock, the profound sadness, and the sincere patriotism of this great land as experienced by America following the tragic events of 9/11/2001. –Dr. Neal McMullian, Mount Olivet University
Rachel Weeping for Her Children is the composer's response to the horrific events of the September 11 attack on the United States. The title is taken from the Old Testament prophet Jeremiah (35:15) and is quoted in the New Testament after King Herod orders the murder of all male children two years and under in the region of Bethlehem.
A voice was heard in Ramah
Weeping and great mourning,
Rachel weeping for her children;
And she refused to be comforted,
Because they were no more.
The music quotes a phrase from America the Beautiful , with the musicians singing "Thine alabaster cities." But they are forcefully interrupted before they can utter the word "gleam;" the gleam is stolen, replaced with desolation, death, and destruction.
The piece is intentionally short, because so many lives were cut short. At the conclusion of the work, the composer requests that the audience refrain from applause and that a minute of silence be observed in memory of those who perished.
None discovered thus far.
- The Lee University Wind Ensemble (Dr. David Holsinger, conductor) - October 16, 2006
- The Chamber Concert Band of Valparaiso University (Dr. Jeffrey Scott Doebler, conductor) - April 2005
- The United States Air Force Band of Flight and The Chamber Concert Band of Valparaiso University (Maj. Matthew Henry and Dr. Jeffrey Scott Doebler, conductors) - May 2002
- The Heidelberg College Wind Ensemble (Dr. John Owen, conducting) - April 2002
- The Malone College Symphonic Band (Jonathan Willis, conductor) - April 2002 WORLD PREMIERE
Additional Works for Winds by this Composer
- And They Gathered on Mount Carmel (1995)
- Fanfare and Carol for Christmas
- Fanfare for Christmas Morning (1995)
- Fanfare for Christmas Morning (Brass) (1995)
- Fire of the Living God, The (1995)
- Flashbax (2011)
- Incantations of the Prophets of Baal, The (1995)
- Jericho (2005)
- Magical Mystical Rain Forest, The (1991)
- Prayer of Elijah, The (1995)
- Private Eye Prowl
- Rachel Weeping for Her Children September 11 2001 (2002)
- Susanna and the Elders (1978)
- Veni Emmanuel (1997)