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American Elegy, An

From Wind Repertory Project
Frank Ticheli

Frank Ticheli


General Info

Year: 1999
Duration: c. 10:45
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Manhattan Beach Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $95.00   |   Score Only - $15.00

Instrumentation

Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet
Bb Contrabass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Bb Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Timpani
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbal (suspended)
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone


Errata

Frank Ticheli errata


Program Notes

An American Elegy is, above all, an expression of hope. It was composed in memory of those who lost their lives at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999, and to honor the survivors. It is offered as a tribute to their great strength and courage in the face of a terrible tragedy. I hope the work can also serve as one reminder of how fragile and precious life is and how intimately connected we all are as human beings.

I was moved and honored by this commission invitation, and deeply inspired by the circumstances surrounding it. Rarely has a work revealed itself to me with such powerful speed and clarity. The first eight bars of the main melody came to me fully formed in a dream. Virtually every element of the work was discovered within the span of about two weeks. The remainder of my time was spent refining, developing, and orchestrating.

The work begins at the bottom of the ensemble's register, and ascends gradually to a heartfelt cry of hope. The main theme that follows, stated by the horns, reveals a more lyrical, serene side of the piece. A second theme, based on a simple repeated harmonic pattern, suggests yet another, more poignant mood. These three moods -- hope, serenity, and sadness -- become intertwined throughout the work, defining its complex expressive character. A four-part canon builds to a climactic quotation of the Columbine Alma Mater. The music recedes, and an offstage trumpeter is heard, suggesting a celestial voice -- a heavenly message. The full ensemble returns with a final, exalted statement of the main theme.

An American Elegy was commissioned by the Columbine Commissioning Fund, a special project sponsored by the Alpha Iota Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi at the University of Colorado on behalf of the Columbine High School Band. Contributors to the Fund included members, chapters, alumni, and friends of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary Band Fraternity and Sorority.

The work received its premiere performance by the Columbine High School Band, William Biskup, Director, Frank Ticheli, guest conductor, on April 23, 2000. Its premiere served as the centerpiece of a special commemorative concert given by the Columbine High School Band in conjunction with the University of Colorado Wind Symphony, held at Mackey Hall in Boulder, Colorado.

- Program Note by Frank Ticheli


Commercial Discography


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class BB
  • Florida: IV
  • Georgia: V
  • Kansas: IV
  • Louisiana: IV
  • Maryland: IV
  • Michigan: Senior High AA
  • Minnesota: II
  • South Carolina: I
  • Texas: IV. Complete


Performances

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  • University of Chicago (Ill.) Wind Ensemble (Chip De Stefano, conductor) – 19 May 2019
  • Woodinville Community Band (Redmond, Wash.) (John Werth, conductor) – 19 May 2019
  • Sonoma State University (Rohnert Park, Calif.) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Andy Collinsworth, conductor) – 10 May 2019
  • Virginia Tech (Blacksburg) Campus Band (Chad Reep, conductor) – 5 May 2019
  • Kent State (Ohio) Wind Ensemble (Jesse Leyva, conductor) – 3 May 2019
  • University of North Carolina, Greensboro, University Band (J. Benjamin Jones, conductor) – 1 May 2019
  • Iowa State University (Ames) Wind Ensemble (Michael Golemo, conductor) – 27 April 2019
  • Syracuse University (Syracuse, N.Y.) Concert Band (Timothy Diem, conductor) – 25 April 2019
  • Southwest Baptist University (Bolivar, Mo.) Wind Symphony (Brian Hopwood, conductor) – 25 April 2019
  • University of Florida (Gainesville) Monday Night Concert Band (Joshua Davis, conductor) – 24 April 2019
  • University of Iowa (Iowa City) Symphony Band (John LaCognata, conductor) – 16 April 2019
  • The Ohio State University (Columbus) Symphonic Band (Alexander Gonzalez, conductor) – 11 April 2019
  • Missouri University of Science and Technology (Rollo) Wind Symphony (David Samson, conductor) – 7 April 2019
  • University of Iowa (Iowa City) Symphony Band (Mark Heidel, conductor) – 4 April 2019
  • Kings County (N.Y.) Community Band (Jasmine Britt, conductor) – 31 March 2019
  • El Diamante High School (Visalia, Calif.) Wind Ensemble (Kristen Pallas, conductor) - 16 March 2019 (2019 Sutherland Wind Festival (Fresno, Calif.)
  • North Suburban Wind Ensemble (Libertyville, Ill.) (Don Shupe, conductor) – 10 March 2019
  • Delaware Winds (Christopher Patterson, conductor) - 2 April 2019
  • Atlanta (Ga.) Wind Symphony (Chris Shumick, conductor) – 9 March 2019
  • Ithaca (N.Y.) College Wind Symphony (Alyssa Comeau, conductor) – 4 March 2019

Works for Winds by this Composer


Resources

  • Frank Ticheli's site at Manhattan Beach Music.
  • Miles, Richard B., and Larry Blocher. 2002. Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. Volume 4. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 444-449.
  • Ticheli, F. (2000). An American Elegy: For Concert Band [score]. Manhattan Beach Music: Brooklyn, N.Y.