Reflections 911 (Arrangement for Guitar, Violin and Cello)

by Louis Valentine Johnson

Released 2017
Dos Almas Music
Released 2017
Dos Almas Music
My best and most emotional instrumental description of the reflections of family members and our society in the USA after the Ground Zero event in New York City, arranged for Guitar, Violin and Cello.
Reflections 911 is dedicated to our millions of people who lost family, friends, and loved ones in one of the most shocking events in the history of the United States. I rewrote this Reflections piece which was based on and is an excerpt from my substantially larger composition called September Eleventh. I wrote September Eleventh for solo guitar in San Francisco in 2001. This short excerpt became a solo guitar piece called Ground Zero. For this recording I rearranged Ground Zero, re-titled it Reflections 911 for additional instruments. I chose this ensemble of guitar, violin and cello, because I felt it most effective for expressing these emotions in music. Now, several years later, we are able to reflect on how this sad day has forever changed the way we live our lives. As citizens of the world, we must continue to remember that only through reflections on our past can we strive to move forward and be a society that values life, liberties, freedom, art and music.

I offer deep gratitude to my fantastic producer Richard Altenbach. Richard’s superb violin performance is captured on this recording. Also thanks to the distinguished cellist, Susan Lamb Cook, for her lovely cello performance recorded here. This wonderful arrangement was done by Philip Rothman, New York City, New York.

This composition was recorded at Dos Almas Studios in Grass Valley, California and Larry Uzelac at Playland Studios in Auburn, California. Richard Altenbach did the engineering and mastering and sheet music notation at Bachiosaurus Studios in Grass Valley, California.

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