Rosanne Pellicane wrote this beautiful poem which provides so much comfort and speaks to so many. My first use of “If They Could Speak” was in a memorial service on the 10th anniversary of the attacks on September 11th, 2001. Following this reading, I set the poem to music, written for soloist and orchestra, and then re-arranged for soloist and piano.
“If They Could Speak”, written by Rosanne Pellicane, was chosen
as the keynote for the permanent 9/11 exhibit at the New York City Fire Museum
to honor the 343 firefighters who were lost at the World Trade Center.
It is Rosanne’s and my hope that “If They Could Speak” brings the performers and audience comfort.
The poem is provided on the inside cover.
- TRANSITION: FACING GRIEF
- For Soprano soloist
- With Piano Accompaniment
- Orchestral accompaniment soon to be available for purchase (contact Hello@220.127.116.11 if interested in draft orchestration performed on 9/14)
- Often performed in concert with Dies Magna Requiem
- Total duration: ca 6:30
- Written in 2014
- One movement work. 6 pages, 8.5 X 11”
- Premiered in September, 2014 by Vivienne Grizzle-Jaber and Sound Symphony, Port Jefferson, NY
- Soprano Range (Kyrie in C minor) B3 to G5