September 11, 2001 : All Songs Considered 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.
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September 11, 2001

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September 11, 2001

September 11, 2001

September 11, 2001

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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.

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September 11, 2001

Begin Sweet World

Begin Sweet World

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Begin Sweet World

  • from Begin Sweet World
  • by Richard Stoltzman

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Glassworks

Opening

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Opening

  • from Glassworks
  • by Philip Glass

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Fast, Cheap & Out of Control

Eternal Future

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Eternal Future

  • from Fast, Cheap & Out of Control
  • by Original Soundtrack

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Caleb Sampson

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Music for Relaxation, Meditation and Concentration

Au Moulin

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Au Moulin

  • from Music for Relaxation, Meditation, & Concentration, Vol. 1
  • by Various Artists

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Jurgen Knieper

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Work in Progress

Smiles and Tears

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Smiles and Tears

  • from Work in Progress
  • by Edgar Meyer

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Six Days Six Nights

Broken Glass

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Broken Glass

  • from Six Days Six Nights
  • by Michael Nyman

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Highlights from "Alternatives": A Series of Performances of Soviet Avant Garde Music

Music from Behind the Wall

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Music from Behind the Wall

  • from Highlights from "Alternatives": A Series of Performances of Soviet Avant Garde Music
  • by George Pelecis

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Lamentation

Hill of Solitude / Valley of Festivity

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Hill of Solitude / Valley of Festivity

  • from Lamentation
  • by Tunde Jegede

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Work in Progress

Without Express Intention

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Without Express Intention

  • from Work in Progress
  • by Edgar Meyer

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By the Dawn's Early Light

Boy About 10

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Boy About 10

  • from By the Dawn's Early Light
  • by Harold Budd

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Metaphor

The Tulip and the Acorn

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The Tulip and the Acorn

  • from Metaphor
  • by Alex Grant

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Apollo 13 Soundtrack

Carbon Dioxide

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Carbon Dioxide

  • from Apollo 13
  • by James Horner

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James Horner

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Songs Without Words

Waves

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Waves

  • from Songs Without Words
  • by Craig Urquhart

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Craig Urquhart

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Carrington Soundtrack

Outside Looking In

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Outside Looking In

  • from Carrington Soundtrack
  • by Michael Nyman

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Michael Nyman

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The Yards Soundtrack

Yardmaster

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Yardmaster

  • from The Yards Soundtrack
  • by Howard Shore

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Saving Private Ryan Soundtrack

Revisiting Normandy

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Revisiting Normandy

  • from Saving Private Ryan
  • by John Williams

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Intuite

Silent Passenger

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Silent Passenger

  • from Intuite
  • by Pierre Bensusan

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Beckoning

The Gathering

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The Gathering

  • from Beckoning
  • by John Adorney

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John Adorney

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The End of the Affair Soundtrack

Diary of Hate

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Diary of Hate

  • from The End of the Affair
  • by Original Soundtrack/Michael Nyman

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Six Days Six Nights

Love Forever

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Love Forever

  • from Six Days Six Nights
  • by Michael Nyman

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Good Dog Happy Man

Shenandoah

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Shenandoah

  • from Good Dog, Happy Man
  • by Bill Frisell

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Anthem

Four Comets, Pt. 1

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Four Comets, Pt. 1

  • from Anthem
  • by Ralph Towner

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Solid Ether

Dead Indeed

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Dead Indeed

  • from Solid Ether
  • by Nils Petter Molvaer

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Welcome to the Cruel World

Three of Us

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Three of Us

  • from Welcome to the Cruel World
  • by Ben Harper

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From Our Living Room to Yours

Don't Wake Me

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Don't Wake Me

  • from From Our Living Room to Yours
  • by The American Analog Set

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Little Sparrow

Little Sparrow

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Little Sparrow

  • from Little Sparrow
  • by Dolly Parton

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Dolly Parton

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Taproot

The Naked Stalk

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The Naked Stalk

  • from Taproot
  • by Michael Hedges

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Film Music

The Times of Harvey Milk

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The Times of Harvey Milk

  • from Film Music
  • by Mark Isham

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Six Solo Suites (Richard Hartshorne)

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

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

  • from Six Solo Suites (Richard Hartshorne)
  • by J.S. Bach

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Romantic Defiance

Romantic Processional

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Romantic Processional

  • from Romantic Defiance
  • by Terence Blanchard

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Ahn-Plugged

The Diamond World

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The Diamond World

  • from Ahn-Plugged
  • by Ahn Trio

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Little Three

Little Three

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Little Three

  • from Little Three
  • by Robin Holcomb

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Intuite

Kadourimdou

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Kadourimdou

  • from Intuite
  • by Pierre Bensusan

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