On Memorial Day
Music to remember and honor
 


Memorial wall in Building 10, MIT / photo by Patrick Gillooly 


 

Fanfare for the Common Man
Aaron Copland
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 


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Performed by the RTÉ (Irish Public Broadcast) Concert Orchestra, in the Dublin Airport

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."

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Performed by Ray Charles


Decoration Day 
Charles Ives
New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein, conductor


Cantata BWV 4
Johannes Sebastian Bach
Directed by Sir John Eliot Gardiner
Performed by the Monteverdi Choir and the English Baroque Singers


Summertime
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

Performed by Myles Davis
 

Give Peace a Chance
John Lennon, 1969
An anthem of the American peace movement
Performed by John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band


Taps
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

About Memorial Day
 

 

Ceiling of the Chapel at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial,
Cimetière américain de Colleville-sur-Mer, Normandy
photocredit: Charles G. Delahaye, a French student in Nordic languages

 

 


Selections prepared by MIT SHASS Communications