Elegy for Orchestra

Francis Thorne

Performing Ensemble: Orchestra
Duration: 13:30
Publisher: Merion Music, Inc.
Print Status: Rental

Quick Overview

"Elegy for Orchestra" was conceived during a visit to the graves of the composer's parents on Long Island in the autumn of 1961. Written in an ABA plus extended coda form, the work is based on a setting by the composer of Robert Fitzgerald's poem "Song After Campion." An opening, marked "Adagio", with slowly gathering forces, leads to a loud "Maestoso", in which the song theme is quoted, and from which the whole single-movement work is developed. A contrasting allegretto, developing into the dynamic climax of the piece, gives way to a reminiscence of the opening section after which the solo trumpet leads the music into the quieter, more reflective coda section. The use of the open-bell trumpet was deliberately employed to suggest physical separation combined with spiritual closeness. The "Elegy for Orchestra" had its premiere November 18, 1964, by The Philadelphia Orchestra with Eugene Ormandy conducting.

Additional Information

Composition Date 1963
Orchestration 2 2 2 2 - 4 2 3 1; Timp. 2Perc. Hp. Str.
Premiere November 18th, 1964. The Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Eugene Ormandy, Academy of Music, Philadelphia, PA.

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