Dennis Edwards | September 11, 2001

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September 11, 2001

by Dennis Edwards

"Absolutely Awesome!" 9/11 -The Sacramento Bee "The most significant and comprehensive 9-11 music ever recorded about September 11, 2001" - Music Review. If you like Prokofiev, Keith Jarrett, Irving Berlin or Stravinsky, you will like this 911 work.
Genre: Classical: Contemporary
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Attack
14:32 album only
2. The Devastation
12:56 album only
3. The Recovery
10:32 album only
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Album Notes
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.



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Music Magazine

"Dennis Edwards' September 11, 2001"
Bravo, Dennis Edwards. Your "September 11, 2001" suite is one of the most completely expressive works written in its description of the events and emotions of the 9/11 tragedy. Your use of Contemporary Classical, Jazz, Popular and Americana genres, encompass a huge range of styles that capture the depth and gravity of 9-11 in all of its aspects.

Morgan's Music Journal

"September 11, 2001" Dennis Edwards, Composer
Piano and orchestra come together to take the listener on this riveting roller coaster ride over an emotional landscape of surprise, sadness, reassurance and hope. 'Great music which describes a world event of great importance.

ACT Musical Reviews, Japan

September 11, 2001 C.D. by Dennis Edwards
Passionate, comforting and inspiring......a very realistic orchestral work capturing the full emotion of "9/11".

Rich Martin -- composer, pianist, and teacher

"Dennis Edwards' September 11, 2001"
You will not hear a more complete musical masterpiece telling the story of 9/11. Dennis Edwards is one of the most soulful, creative, and intelligent pianists that I have ever heard. Along with his harmonic genius, respect for melody, and a rare knowledge of counterpoint, he is the consummate free improviser with incredible rhythmic feel. His music is truly inspiring and should capture the imagination of anyone who felt the gravity of 9/11.

Marti Martin - violinist and music teacher

"Dennis Edwards' September 11, 2001
Dennis Edwards’ “September 11, 2001” piece is an incredible piece of piano music. He has captured all the emotional impact of that terrible day and what came after. From the opening tranquility of “Autumn in New York” where the listener can picture a crisp fall morning walking in Central Park to the hopeful affirmation what it means to be an American at the end, this music has captured all the emotions of that tragedy.

The sudden and unexpected crashing of the bass that heralds the first attack mirrors the shock and disbelief we all felt as we watched it happen. The confusion generated by an attack on our own soil led to the panic and desperation that is portrayed so well with this music. The bleakness of the landscape where parts of a thriving city had once stood is depicted so ably in the second part of the piece. One can hear how the tone changes when the workers begin their grim task and we can feel great sadness through the music.

Ending with a complement of spiritual and patriotic melodies gives the listener hope for continuity and a demonstration that America still stands strong and united. It is really a fabulous piece from start to finish. It describes with music all the emotions we felt at that time – shock, panic, fear, anger, patriotism and resolve. Thank you so much for sharing it with us.