I began work on Elegy in late July, shortly after the eleventh anniversary of my elder brother’s untimely passing from cancer. Though it was not my original intention to compose an elegy, the richly melancholic timbre of the bassoon seemed to draw my thoughts back to my late brother’s memory. The piece certainly has much of the plaintive quality characteristic of a traditional elegy; however, there are lighter, almost playful episodes intermixed. Somber moods rarely suited my brother’s cheerful nature. The work’s closing harmony, resolving delicately into a major tonality, seemed an appropriately optimistic ending to a piece meant to celebrate one whose life brought joy to those it touched.


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