Mohammed Fairouz’s Musical Tribute to the Fallen of Tahrir Square

Arab-American composer Mohammed Fairouz.

Last year, on the first anniversary of Egypt's uprising, we featured music by Arab-American composer Mohammed Fairouz.

It was a concerto called "Tahrir for Clarinet and Orchestra."

And it was inspired by the gathering of protesters in Tahrir Square. In "Tahrir," you can hear a sense of fiery revolt and hope. But Fairouz says that hope also came with angst.

After hundreds of protesters were killed in Cairo in the 2011 uprising, Fairouz began writing music for the people who had lost their lives.

"There were very personal stories that were articulated in the square," he said. "People died. They gave up their lives. And there were tragic stories, when the regime in Egypt in its last breath of life resorted to killing people. They're not just revolutionary icons. They're people's sons and daughters. They're people's mothers and fathers. They're real people. They're family members. So there were many intimate stories to be told."

When he received a commission from violinist Rachel Barton Pine for a solo piece, Fairouz dedicated one movement of the suite to the victims.

It's called "For Egypt."