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John Corigliano

Publisher: G. Schirmer

Elegy (1965)
G Schirmer Inc
Sub Category
Large Orchestra
Year Composed
7 Minutes

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John Corigliano Elegy (1965)
Composer note:

My Elegy is based on an incidental score I wrote for an off Broadway production of Wallace Frey’s “Helen” — an account of the aging Helen of Troy. The Elegy develops ideas which originally accompanied the bittersweet love scene between Helen (age 40) and Telemachus (age 20)

The brief work, set at a single slow tempo, begins quickly with a key passage for paired flutes, builds during its course to two double forte climaxes for full orchestra, and finally subsides for a pianissimo close for strings and woodwinds. Stylistically, as the dedication to Samuel Barber might suggest, the work identifies itself with neo-romantic American style, typified in a diversity of works by Barber himself, Walter Piston, or William Schuman.

— John Corigliano

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