We take a moment now to reflect on the meaning of September 11th with music. We'll hear a bit of a work called "On the Transmigration of Souls." For the text, composer John Adams used the messages that victims' families had written on posters hung around the World Trade Center site.

(Soundbite of "On the Transmigration of Souls"; footsteps)

Unidentified Boy: Eye color, hazel; hair color, brown. Eye color, hazel; hair color...

(Soundbite of music and footsteps)

Unidentified Boy: Date of birth, July 9th, 1963.

(Soundbite of music)

Unidentified Boy: Weight, 180 pounds.

(Soundbite of music)

Unidentified Boy: Please call (212) 799-8...

(Soundbite of music)

Unidentified Boy: `We love you, Jim.'

(Soundbite of music)

Unidentified Man: Missing. Missing. Missing. Missing. Missing. Mis...

(Soundbite of music)

ELLIOTT: You've been listening to John Adams' "On the Transmigration of Souls" performed by the New York Philharmonic. That orchestra commissioned the piece to commemorate the September 11th terrorist attacks and gave the work its debut in September of 2002.

That's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Debbie Elliott.

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