Rick Rescorla, director of security for Morgan Stanley in the South Tower of the World Trade Center, was convinced the towers were vulnerable to attacks, and much to the chagrin of the workers, he regularly ran thorough safety drills. On the morning of 9/11, when the first plane hit the North Tower, the Port Authority sent messages telling everyone in the buildings to remain in their offices, but Rescorla’s employees knew better and immediately began filing out. Being a Vietnam War veteran, Rescorla continued to go back up and lead others to safety until the tower ultimately fell. Hundreds of lives were saved that day because of Rescorla’s preparations and selfless bravery. This piece seeks to capture some of the themes and feelings (focus, determination, fear, tragedy, hope, among others) Rescorla’s employees might have encountered as this man was saving their lives at the expense of his own.

RESCORLA (flute, clarinet, violin, and cello)

  • Duration: 6 minutes