Released July 8, 2016

Navona Records (NV6050)


Miniature Works for Orchestra

SPARKS, a compilation of orchestral miniature works by several composers, offers a sampling of much of what post-modern, contemporary orchestral music has to offer, and is most interesting to consider in contrast to nineteenth century orchestral transitions. Miniatures, in their brevity, defy the conventional bias that orchestral music must conform to the characteristics of large symphonies. More generally, the works on this album suggest a wide range of influences unique to contemporary postmodernism. These include the aesthetics of midcentury composers, as well as film scores and non-classical genres.

Douglas Anderson’s solemn and moving In Memoriam was written in response to the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City on 9/11/2001.


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Compositions Featured on this Album

  • In Memoriam

    In Memoriam was written in response to the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City.

Notes from the Composer

In Memoriam was written in October, 2001, in response to the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City on 9/11/2001. I was a professor of music at the Borough of Manhattan Community College/CUNY in downtown New York City, four blocks from the World Trade Center; there I conducted the BMCC Downtown Symphony. I had recently moved from Brooklyn to the Hudson Highlands, in upstate New York.

While I lived in Brooklyn, we lived next door to a firehouse (Engine 205, Ladder 118), and after the initial shock of alarms at all hours, we came to enjoy and admire our courageous neighbors. They were always there, alert and awake, morning and night. They were cheerful, happy men, and they were the guys who run into a burning building when everyone else is running out.

On the morning of September 11th I was driving from my home upstate to work when I heard on the radio what was happening; I turned around and went home. I knew from my years in Brooklyn that this disaster was one that would call in firefighters from all around. I knew that my former neighbors would be there, running into those towers. And sadly, I found names and pictures of those I’d chatted and joked with, on the long list of those lost that day.

So when my orchestra reassembled for the first classical music concert in the downtown area after the tragedy, I felt the program had to accomplish two things: help us all return to normalcy as best we can, while recognizing the losses we had all suffered. I don’t run into burning buildings; I’m merely a composer. So I wrote this piece to help us all remember those we lost that day: In Memoriam.

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