In the weeks and years following September 11th, 2001, classical composers began to respond to the tragedy through their work.
Boston Conservatory composer Jan Swafford began to compose “They That Mourn” just as 9/11 occurred, and completed it the following winter.
Boston Globe classical music critic Jeremy Eichler writes, “[T]hese works collectively invite us to consider music’s capacities to respond to catastrophe, and in the process, create portable sites of public memory. Among the arts, music may possess special qualities in this regard.”
- YouTube: “They That Mourn” part 2
- Jeremy Eichler, Boston Globe classical music critic