Duration: c. 8:20
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes, Inc.
Cost: Score and Parts - $99.19 | Score Only - $11.37
Flute I-II (both div. a2)
B-flat Clarinet I-II-III (I and II div. a2)
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet (div. a2)
E-flat Contrabass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III (I and II div. a2)
Horn in FI-II (both div. a2)
Trombone I-II-III (I div. a2)
Percussion (2 players), including:
- Suspended Cymbal
- Tam-Tam (notated as "Gong")
- Clarinet I, m.19: Printed A-flat should be A natural.
- Tuba. m.21: Printed E natural should be E-flat.
Complete errata list in "Errata Corner" in Resources, below.
Elegy is playable by a wide variety of ensembles, from high school through university levels. The challenges of this piece are not technical; rather, the ability to sustain harmonies, many of which contain dissonant elements, will be required by all performers. This is an excellent piece for sensitizing an ensemble to subtle variations in dynamics over extended periods of time. The work's majestic climax and thoughtful closing ensure a rewarding musical experience that would fit well in the middle portion of a concert program.
- Program Note from Great Music for Wind Band
A rather sustained and lyrically styled piece which successfully displays the sonority of the band. It contains many deep, rich sounds which at times introduce an element of mournfulness.
- Program Note from publisher
When a member of the West Genesee Senior High School Band died, Elegy was commissioned in his memory. It is a single-movement, solemn work based on a five-note motif stated initially in the low woodwinds. The piece builds to a bold statement in the horns, which grows to a dramatic climax. A brass fanfare played with the theme in the woodwinds again ends abruptly, after which the piece closes in a fragmented echo of the beginning. The music symbolizes the tragedy of a life cut short, seemingly unfinished, as a portion of the original motif is left hanging while each instrument dies away.
Sadly, Chance wrote Elegy only months before his own sudden and tragic death [by accidental electrocution]. The piece stands as an emotional monument to this composer’s unfinished career.
- Program Note from Kennesaw State University Wind Symphony concert program, 26 September 2016
- Audio CD: Illinois State University Wind Symphony (Stephen Steele, conductor).
- MP3 Download: Illinois State University Wind Symphony (Stephen Steele, conductor)
- Alabama: Class A
- Arkansas: V
- California: V Class A
- Florida: V
- Georgia: V
- Iowa: IV
- Indiana: ISSMA SENIOR BAND GROUP II
- Louisiana: V
- Michigan: AA
- Mississippi: IV-A, V-A, VI-A
- North Carolina: VI
- Oklahoma: V-A
- South Carolina: VI
- Tennessee: IV
- Texas: V. Complete
- Virginia: IV
To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project
- University of New Mexico (Albuquerque) Symphonic Band (Brett Penshorn, conductor) - 9 December 2022
- California State Polytechnic University Humboldt Wind Ensemble (Paul Cummings, conductor) - 4 December 2022
- Little Rock (Ark.) Winds (Israel Getzov, conductor) - 15 March 2022
- University of Southern Mississippi (Hattiesburg) Concert Band (Lindsay Sandberg, conductor) - 18 November 2021
- University of Texas at Arlington Symphonic Winds (Christopher Evans, conductor) - 14 March 2021
- University of Kansas (Lawrence) Symphonic Band (Jacquie Dawson, conductor) - 12 October 2020
- Central Kentucky (Lexington) Concert Band (Les Anderson, conductor) – 1 March 2020
- Eastman School of Music (Rochester, N.Y.) Wind Orchestra (Lindsay Bronnenkant, conductor) – 17 February 2020
- Penn State University (University Park) Symphonic Band (Dennis Glocke, conductor) – 12 December 2019
- University of Nebraska Omaha Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Cassandra Rathman, conductor) – 6 December 2019
- University of Iowa (Iowa City) Symphony Band (Josh Neuenschwander, conductor) – 21 November 2019
- California State University Northridge Wind Ensemble (Lawrence Stoffel, conductor) – 19 November 2019
- University of North Texas (Denton) Wind Ensemble (Daniel Cook, conductor) – 13 November 2019
- Caltech-Occidental Wind Orchestra (Pasadena, Calif.) (Glenn Price, conductor) – 9 November 2019
- Bridge City (Tx.) High School Wind Ensemble (Tami Goss, conductor) – 18 April 2019
- State University of New York, Fredonia, Concert Band (Ray Stewart, conductor) – 18 April 2019
- University of Arizona (Tucson) Wind Symphony (Chad Shoopman, conductor) – 21 March 2019
- Ohlone Wind Orchestra (Fremont, Calif.) (Tony Clements, conductor) – 10 March 2019
- Tarleton State University (Stephenville, Tx.) Wind Ensemble (Chris Moix, conductor) – 12 November 2018
- Appalachian State University (Boone, N.C.) Wind Ensemble (John Stanley Ross, conductor) – 4 October 2018
- High School Symphonic Band [Interlochen, Mich.] (Frederick Fennell, conductor) - 3 August 1975
Works for Winds by This Composer
- Blue Lake Overture (1971)
- Burletta (2000)
- Elegy (1972)
- Incantation and Dance (1960)
- Introduction and Capriccio for Piano and 24 Winds (1966)
- Overture for a Musical Comedy (1997)
- Symphony No. 2 (1972)
- Variations on a Korean Folk Song (1967)
- "Errata Corner." CBDNA Report, Spring 1996, p. 12.
- Miles, Richard B. 2000. Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. Volume 3. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 322-335.
- Nicholson, Chad. (2009). ‘’Great Music for Wind Band: A Guide to the Top 100 Works in Grades IV, V, VI.’’ Galesville, MD: Meredith Music Publications. pp 3-4.