“with liberty…” – Joe W. Moore, III (2020)

The extraordinary Joe W. Moore, III wrote a piece for Manhattan School of Music’s percussion ensemble to be performed in front of the General Grant National Monument near the historic conservatory in Harlem.

Manhattan School of Music · MSM Percussion Ensemble | "with liberty…" by Joe W. Moore, III

with liberty… combines Lift Ev’ry Voice and The Star Spangled Banner played on metal pipes underneath two opposing battery units performing military-style drum cadences at different tempi. This represents the extraordinary effort required by Black Americans to reach the same level of acceptance and equality in society. As the composition progresses, military drum sounds coalesce into a harmonious unison, weaving both songs together, symbolizing a bright future for all members of our great nation, with liberty, and justice for all.