Music of Salvation

In the service of promoting good will among nations, music is often used as a means of benevolent exchange across national borders even in times of crises. Music which reflects a sense of safekeeping serves as a healing balm for adverse living conditions and long-standing ethnic, religious, and cultural conflicts. During troubled times, those who are motivated by altruism come together to promote harmony among various warring factions or in response to emergent or chronic social difficulties. Such efforts are exemplified by the following examples:

Book:

Elena Cheah
An Orchestra Beyond Borders, 2009
This orchestra is comprised of Israelis and Palestinians

Video:

The Promise of Music, 2008
A Documentary by Enrique Sanchez Lansch
The Story of the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela
Includes:
91 minute Documentary
64 minute Concert
DG 00440 073 4427 DVD

Music is often one of the primary transformative forces used to quell the stresses of life experience. These events often exert severe strain on human endurance and relationships. Tragedies, such as illness, significant loss due to adverse life circumstances or catastrophic events like terrorist activity and natural disasters are challenges many of us face at some times during our lives. Although hearing and sharing salvation music is sometimes difficult to experience, it ultimately helps us remember these human difficulties a new perspective which promotes healing to eventually occur.

This extended DVD version of Christopher Nupen’s award-winning film portrays the extraordinary place of music in providing the will to live while enduring the horror of death and loss in the Nazi concentration camps.

We Want the Light
BBC Allegro Films
Kulture DVD D0909

The following excerpts from Terence Blanchard’s Requiem for Katrina and Rudolf Mauersberger’s motet  How Lonely sits the City that was Full of People, serve as vivid and spiritually gratifying examples of musically inspired salvation:

Composer: Terence Blanchard (b. 1962)
Requiem for Katrina
Excerpts:

“Levees” 8:11


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“Water” 4:10


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“Funeral Dirge”    5:55


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Jazz sextet featuring Terence Blanchard, trumpet
The Northwest Sinfonia - Terence Blanchard, conductor
“A Tale of God’s Will” (A Requiem for Katrina)
Blue Note Records 3 91532 2
(72:20)

 

Composer: Rudolf Mauersberger (1889-1971)
“How Lonely sits the City that was Full of People,”
“Wie liegt die Stadt so wust”
(Honoring the memory of the 25,000 victims of
the fire-bombing of Dresden in World War II)
(6:37)


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Sospiri - Christopher Watson, conductor
The Lost City: Lamentations through the Ages
NAXOS 8.573978
(62:26)

 

Here are three poignant pieces that honor the victims of 9/11 terrorist attack:

Composer: Adolphus Hailstork (b. 1941)
“As Falling Leaves”
(22:37)
 (Honoring those who were forced by flames to jump to their deaths on 9/11)


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Virginia Chamber Players
As Falling Leaves
Albany Records TROY612
(79:23)

 

Composer: John Adams (b. 1947)
“On the Transmigration of Souls”
(A Memory Space in Honor of the Victims of 9/11)
(22:53)


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Atlanta Symphony Orchestra - Robert Spano, conductor
Atlanta Symphony Chorus
Norman MacKenzie, chorus master
Gwinnet Young Singers
Lynn Urda, music director
Transmigration
Telarc CD-80673
(73:14)

 

Composer: Leon Bolton
“Wrapped in Mystery”
(Dedicated to the memory of victims of the terrorist attack on the
World Trade Center in New York on Tuesday, 11th of September, 2001)
(2:59)


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The Art of the Trumpet Ensemble, Vienna
Imperial Fanfares
NAXOS 8.555879
(68:28)

 

Sacrifices have been made by many people to maintain and further develop the freedoms we cherish for all citizens of our great country. Although change often comes slow and occasionally we choose dead ends in attempts to realize our dreams for individual liberty and justice, significant progress eventually wins out.

The following selections musically honor Americans of all origins, races, and creeds who have sacrificed dearly, often with their lives, to fulfill the American dream for each one us as portrayed in the U. S. Constitution.

Composer: Bernard Herrmann (1911-1975)
“For the Fallen”
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
James Sedares, conductor
(6:54)


Composer: Hildegard von Bingen (c. 1098-1179)
“O gloriossimi lux”
Rosa Lamoreaux, soprano
Hesperius
(6:41)


For the Fallen
Koch International Classics 3-7543-2 HI
(62:43)


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Composer: James DeMars (b. 1952)
“An American Requiem”
(Lyrics selected or written by Michael F. Sarda)
Audrey Luna, soprano
Linda Childs, mezzo-soprano
Robert Breault, tenor
Simon Estes, bass-baritone
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir & Orchestra
James DeMars, conductor
BWE Classics BCD 9601-2
75:08