Dreams Of The Fallen: A Musical Observance Of Memorial Day

May 26, 2017

In the United States, Memorial Day is often thought of as the unofficial beginning of summer, but its significance to this country runs far deeper. "Dreams of the Fallen: Music of Honor and Remembrance for Memorial Day" seeks to recognize and memorialize, through music and poetry, those who have protected our country – often at great sacrifice – from before its founding to the present.

Broadcast Monday, May 29th at 6 p.m.

From "Taps" to Britten's War Requiem, to numerous film scores and folk songs, conflict and memory have inspired some of the greatest music in history. This special draws from a broad variety of composers and styles, linking them with the spoken remembrances of soldiers, veterans, and poetry to help unify and console. This special's title is taken from its centerpiece, a short masterwork by young American composer Jake Runestad, "Dreams of the Fallen". The work sets the poetry of Iraq war veteran Brian Turner and features pianist Jeffrey Biegel, and the choir VocalEssence.

Hosted by APM's Steve Seel, this one-hour special honors those who have served.


Ward Howe (arr. Peter Wilhousky): The Battle Hymn of the Republic

Walter Kittredge (arr. Jacqueline Schwab): Tenting on the Old Camp Ground

Traditional (arr. Mark O’Connor): Soldier’s Joy

Traditional, African-American (arr. Craig Hella Johnson): Sometimes I Feel Like a  Motherless Child

Jake Runestad (text: Brian Turner): Dreams of the Fallen

Franz Biebl: Ave Maria

Nick Glennie-Smith (text: Randall Wallace): Mansions of the Lord