Songs of the Late Summer – by Patrick Morganelli
Song Cycle, Symphony
“Morganelli’s music is a delight.” – OC Register Patron
Commissioned for the opening of the National September 11th Memorial and Museum in NYC, Songs of Late Summer explores a nation’s emotions through the lens of a survivor of the September 11th attacks.
Songs of Late Summer began in 2009 as a proposed commissioned work for the national September 11th Foundation, to be part of the events celebrating the opening of the National September 11th Memorial and Museum in New York City in 2011. Though the commission project did not come to closure, the project remained alive as an independent work. The cycle of four songs – which use the poems of American poets, both in their entirety as well as text excerpted from larger works – express many feelings which people experienced as a result of our national tragedy: bewilderment, sadness, anger, and finally, acceptance and transcendence. Though not programmatic in any way, the cycle of songs explores these emotions through the lens of the composer’s experience as a survivor of the September 11th attacks. The work is approximately 18 minutes long