September 11, 2001

Listen

All Songs Considered show image

As NPR covered the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington DC, it was music that gave listeners time to reflect, to digest the events and the impact. So many letters came to NPR telling us how comforted they were by the music. In this special feature, we offer some of those songs, along with images from events following the attacks.

Sign up for the All Songs Considered newsletter and we'll tell you when new music features are available on the site.

September 11, 2001

Begin Sweet World

Begin Sweet World

  • Artist: Richard Stoltzman
  • Album: Begin Sweet World
  • Song: Begin Sweet World
close

Purchase Featured Music

  • "Begin Sweet World"
  • Album: Begin Sweet World
  • Artist: Richard Stoltzman
  • Label: RCA
 
Glassworks

Opening

  • Artist: Philip Glass
  • Album: Glassworks
  • Song: Opening
close

Purchase Featured Music

  • "Opening"
  • Album: Glassworks
  • Artist: Philip Glass
 
Fast, Cheap & Out of Control

Eternal Future

  • Artist: Original Soundtrack
  • Album: Fast, Cheap & Out of Control
  • Song: Eternal Future
close

Purchase Featured Music

  • "Eternal Future"
  • Album: Fast, Cheap & Out of Control
  • Artist: Caleb Sampson
  • Label: Accurate
 
Music for Relaxation, Meditation and Concentration

Au Moulin

  • Artist: Various Artists
  • Album: Music for Relaxation, Meditation, & Concentration, Vol. 1
  • Song: Au Moulin
close

Purchase Featured Music

  • "Au Moulin"
  • Album: Music for Relaxation, Meditation and Concentration
  • Artist: Jurgen Knieper
  • Label: Milan
 
Work in Progress

Smiles and Tears

  • Artist: Edgar Meyer
  • Album: Work in Progress
  • Song: Smiles and Tears
close

Purchase Featured Music

  • "Smiles and Tears"
  • Album: Work in Progress
  • Artist: Edgar Meyer
 
Six Days Six Nights

Broken Glass

  • Artist: Michael Nyman
  • Album: Six Days Six Nights
  • Song: Broken Glass
close

Purchase Featured Music

  • "Broken Glass"
  • Album: Six Days Six Nights
  • Artist: Michael Nyman
 
Highlights from "Alternatives": A Series of Performances of Soviet Avant Garde Music

Music from Behind the Wall

  • Artist: George Pelecis
  • Album: Highlights from "Alternatives": A Series of Performances of Soviet Avant Garde Music
  • Song: Music from Behind the Wall
close

Purchase Featured Music

  • "Music from Behind the Wall"
  • Album: Highlights from "Alternatives": A Series of Performances of Soviet Avant Garde Music
  • Artist: George Pelecis
 
Lamentation

Hill of Solitude / Valley of Festivity

  • Artist: Tunde Jegede
  • Album: Lamentation
  • Song: Hill of Solitude / Valley of Festivity
close

Purchase Featured Music

  • "Hill of Solitude / Valley of Festivity"
  • Album: Lamentation
  • Artist: Tunde Jegede
 
Work in Progress

Without Express Intention

  • Artist: Edgar Meyer
  • Album: Work in Progress
  • Song: Without Express Intention
close

Purchase Featured Music

  • "Without Express Intention"
  • Album: Work in Progress
  • Artist: Edgar Meyer
 
By the Dawn's Early Light

Boy About 10

  • Artist: Harold Budd
  • Album: By the Dawn's Early Light
  • Song: Boy About 10
close

Purchase Featured Music

  • "Boy About 10"
  • Album: By the Dawn's Early Light
  • Artist: Harold Budd
 
Metaphor

The Tulip and the Acorn

  • Artist: Alex Grant
  • Album: Metaphor
  • Song: The Tulip and the Acorn
close

Purchase Featured Music

  • "The Tulip and the Acorn"
  • Album: Metaphor
  • Artist: Alex Grant
  • Label: Alex Grant
 
Apollo 13 Soundtrack

Carbon Dioxide

  • Artist: James Horner
  • Album: Apollo 13
  • Song: Carbon Dioxide
close

Purchase Featured Music

  • "Carbon Dioxide"
  • Album: Apollo 13 Soundtrack
  • Artist: James Horner
  • Label: MCA
 
Songs Without Words

Waves

  • Artist: Craig Urquhart
  • Album: Songs Without Words
  • Song: Waves
close

Purchase Featured Music

  • "Waves"
  • Album: Songs Without Words
  • Artist: Craig Urquhart
 
Carrington Soundtrack

Outside Looking In

  • Artist: Michael Nyman
  • Album: Carrington Soundtrack
  • Song: Outside Looking In
close

Purchase Featured Music

  • "Outside Looking In"
  • Album: Carrington Soundtrack
  • Artist: Michael Nyman
 
The Yards Soundtrack

Yardmaster

  • Artist: Howard Shore
  • Album: The Yards Soundtrack
  • Song: Yardmaster
close

Purchase Featured Music

  • "Yardmaster"
  • Album: The Yards Soundtrack
  • Artist: Howard Shore
 
Saving Private Ryan Soundtrack

Revisiting Normandy

  • Artist: John Williams
  • Album: Saving Private Ryan
  • Song: Revisiting Normandy
close

Purchase Featured Music

  • "Revisiting Normandy"
  • Album: Saving Private Ryan Soundtrack
  • Artist: John Williams
  • Label: DreamWorks
 
Intuite

Silent Passenger

  • Artist: Pierre Bensusan
  • Album: Intuite
  • Song: Silent Passenger
close

Purchase Featured Music

  • "Silent Passenger"
  • Album: Intuite
  • Artist: Pierre Bensusan
  • Label: Favored Nations
 
Beckoning

The Gathering

  • Artist: John Adorney
  • Album: Beckoning
  • Song: The Gathering
close

Purchase Featured Music

  • "The Gathering"
  • Album: Beckoning
  • Artist: John Adorney
 
The End of the Affair Soundtrack

Diary of Hate

  • Artist: Original Soundtrack/Michael Nyman
  • Album: The End of the Affair
  • Song: Diary of Hate
close

Purchase Featured Music

  • "Diary of Hate"
  • Album: The End of the Affair Soundtrack
  • Artist: Michael Nyman
  • Label: Sony
 
Six Days Six Nights

Love Forever

  • Artist: Michael Nyman
  • Album: Six Days Six Nights
  • Song: Love Forever
close

Purchase Featured Music

  • "Love Forever"
  • Album: Six Days Six Nights
  • Artist: Michael Nyman
 
Good Dog Happy Man

Shenandoah

  • Artist: Bill Frisell
  • Album: Good Dog, Happy Man
  • Song: Shenandoah
close

Purchase Featured Music

  • "Shenandoah"
  • Album: Good Dog Happy Man
  • Artist: Bill Frisell
  • Label: Nonesuch
 
Anthem

Four Comets, Pt. 1

  • Artist: Ralph Towner
  • Album: Anthem
  • Song: Four Comets, Pt. 1
close

Purchase Featured Music

  • "Four Comets, Pt. 1"
  • Album: Anthem
  • Artist: Ralph Towner
  • Label: ECM
 
Solid Ether

Dead Indeed

  • Artist: Nils Petter Molvaer
  • Album: Solid Ether
  • Song: Dead Indeed
close

Purchase Featured Music

  • "Dead Indeed"
  • Album: Solid Ether
  • Artist: Nils Petter Molvaer
  • Label: ECM
 
Welcome to the Cruel World

Three of Us

  • Artist: Ben Harper
  • Album: Welcome to the Cruel World
  • Song: Three of Us
close

Purchase Featured Music

  • "Three of Us"
  • Album: Welcome to the Cruel World
  • Artist: Ben Harper
  • Label: Virgin
 
From Our Living Room to Yours

Don't Wake Me

  • Artist: The American Analog Set
  • Album: From Our Living Room to Yours
  • Song: Don't Wake Me
close

Purchase Featured Music

  • "Don't Wake Me"
  • Album: From Our Living Room to Yours
  • Artist: The American Analog Set
  • Label: Emperor Jones
 
Little Sparrow

Little Sparrow

  • Artist: Dolly Parton
  • Album: Little Sparrow
  • Song: Little Sparrow
close

Purchase Featured Music

  • "Little Sparrow"
  • Album: Little Sparrow
  • Artist: Dolly Parton
  • Label: Sugar Hill
 
Taproot

The Naked Stalk

  • Artist: Michael Hedges
  • Album: Taproot
  • Song: The Naked Stalk
close

Purchase Featured Music

  • "The Naked Stalk"
  • Album: Taproot
  • Artist: Michael Hedges
  • Label: Windham Hill
 
Film Music

The Times of Harvey Milk

  • Artist: Mark Isham
  • Album: Film Music
  • Song: The Times of Harvey Milk
close

Purchase Featured Music

  • "The Times of Harvey Milk"
  • Album: Film Music
  • Artist: Mark Isham
 
Six Solo Suites (Richard Hartshorne)

Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007: Prelude

  • Artist: J.S. Bach
  • Album: Six Solo Suites (Richard Hartshorne)
  • Song: Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007: Prelude
close

Purchase Featured Music

  • "Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007: Prelude"
  • Album: Six Solo Suites (Richard Hartshorne)
  • Artist: J.S. Bach
 
Romantic Defiance

Romantic Processional

  • Artist: Terence Blanchard
  • Album: Romantic Defiance
  • Song: Romantic Processional
close

Purchase Featured Music

  • "Romantic Processional"
  • Album: Romantic Defiance
  • Artist: Terence Blanchard
  • Label: Sony
 
Ahn-Plugged

The Diamond World

  • Artist: Ahn Trio
  • Album: Ahn-Plugged
  • Song: The Diamond World
close

Purchase Featured Music

  • "The Diamond World"
  • Album: Ahn-Plugged
  • Artist: Ahn Trio
  • Label: EMI
 
Little Three

Little Three

  • Artist: Robin Holcomb
  • Album: Little Three
  • Song: Little Three
close

Purchase Featured Music

  • "Little Three"
  • Album: Little Three
  • Artist: Robin Holcomb
  • Label: Elektra/Asylum
 
Intuite

Kadourimdou

  • Artist: Pierre Bensusan
  • Album: Intuite
  • Song: Kadourimdou
close

Purchase Featured Music

  • "Kadourimdou"
  • Album: Intuite
  • Artist: Pierre Bensusan
  • Label: Favored Nations
 

Featured Artist

Comments

 

Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and Terms of Use. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.