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new We Stand for Freedom:
In Memoriam, September 11, 2001

Dedication: With love and prayers for all lives lost and all touched by this tragedy, to New York's courageous fire, police, and rescue workers, and for the spirit of freedom that the founding fathers of our country envisioned as the mission of the United States of America to the world.
2002 Orchestra The Star Press (Muncie, IN): "A very impressive piece of music was performed next. We Stand For Freedom, written by Ball State University music faculty member David Stern, was quite simply music that every American needs to hear. The music, Stern said, was written as a response to 9-11. A lot of ground was covered, from the mournful beginning elegy featuring strings to a triumphant empowering section adding the horns and wind instruments, to the powerful, reaffirming ending that featured what appeared to be every member of the orchestra as well as some perfectly placed fire truck bells (played on the triangle)." Click to hear a Real Audio clip of: We Stand for Freedom timing: (11:43). size: (2809 Kb.)

2222, 4331, Timpani, 2 percussion, harp, strings
11.5 minutes, 1 movement.
new Symphony No. 1 2002 Orchestra
Click to hear a Real Audio clip of the ending of the final movement: Symphony No. 1, III
timing: (1:01). size: (260 Kb.)

2222, 4331, Timpani, 1 percussion, harp, strings
28 minutes, 3 movements.

Stern Photo David Stern
Dr. Stern was born in Brooklyn, NY, on August 6th, 1955. He holds a Ph.D. in music theory from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and is currently an Assistant Professor of Theory and Composition at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. He has taught at the Mannes College of Music, Queens College, University of North Texas, and worked as a freelance composer, orchestrator and music copyist in Los Angeles. Dr. Stern has had two orchestral compositions premiered at Ball State University this last fall, his Symphony no. 1, dedicated to the glory and beauty of God, and a work written in response to the tragic attack on New York, We Stand for Freedom: In Memoriam, September 11th, 2001. This last work begins as an elegy, but ends with a triumphant assertion of our country's mission to uphold freedom in this world, as envisioned by our founding fathers. Recent commissions include a choral anthem, He is Risen, premiered last June at the First Presbyterian Church, Muncie, and The Lord is My Shepherd, a setting of Psalm 23 for the Cameo Trio and soprano soloist Bettina Zaneteas to commemorate the trio's 20th anniversary season, premiered at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Dr. Stern's choral setting of St. Francis' peace prayer has been performed in various locations including the St. Francis Upper Basilica in Assisi. Another work in progress, Clarinet Concerto, will be premiered by the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony in the 2003-2004 season. Dr. Stern has extensively studied the masterworks of composers from Josquin des Pres to Copland, and takes a particular interest in contemporary tonal and modal idioms. He likes to create large-scale forms through the development and meaningful transformation of melodic ideas and motives.

Stern Photo

Composer David Stern working with conductor Leonard Atherton   
and The Ball State University Student Orchestra, fall, 2002.   

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