On Memorial Day
Music to remember and honor

Memorial wall in Building 10, MIT /photocredit: Patrick Gillooly 


Fanfare for the Common Man
Aaron Copeland
Written in response to a request from Eugene Goosens, conductor 
of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, for a musical tribute honoring
those engaged in World War II  

Performed by the New York Philharmonic

Performed by Emerson, Lake, and Palmer

America the Beautiful
Samuel A. Ward
Lyrics by Katharine Lee Bates
"'America the Beautiful' conveys...appreciation and gratitude for
the nation's extraordinary physical beauty and abundance,
without triumphalism." 

Performed by Ray Charles

Holidays Symphony II, Decoration Day 
Charles Ives
New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein, conductor

George Gershwin, for the 1935 opera Porgy and Bess
Lyrics by DuBose Heyward, author of the novel Porgy 
NPR: A look back to Gershwin's "Summertime," and what makes it great

Performed by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong 

Performed by Norah Jones and Marian McPartland

Motet BWV 225, Singet dem Herrn
Johannes Sebastian Bach 
Performed by Vocalconsort Berlin o.l.v. Daniel Reuss


Give Peace a Chance
John Lennon
A 1969 song that became the anthem of the American
peace movement of that era

Performed by John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band

Taps historian and bugler Jari Villanueva plays and describes 
the origins of America's most famous bugle call.

Sounding Taps, Jari Villaneuva



Suggested Links 

MIT News | Lobby 10 renamed in honor of fallen veterans

U.S. Government | Veterans Administration | Origins of Memorial Day


Selections prepared by MIT SHASS Communications