Elegy (Corigliano)

From Wind Repertory Project
John Corigliano

John Corigliano (trans. Christopher Anderson)

General Info

Year: 1969 / 2012
Duration: c. 7:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: G. Schirmer Inc.
Cost: Score and Parts - Rental


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra-Alto Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbal
  • Crotales
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings is clearly the genesis of the original idea, as the connections are too specific to be ignored. The composer's notes identify the work as an expansion on incidental music written for an off—Broadway play, but the dedication to Samuel Barber implies the source of the material in the incidental music. The key signatures, melodic structure and scoring procedure are all three inextricably linked to the Adagio for Strings. While some differences exist in the overall shape of the Elegy as compared to the Adagio, the basic architecture of the two works, both of which begin and end with quiet passages, are similar.

- Program note from Teaching Music through Performance in Band

For Samuel Barber.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Anderson, Christopher. "Elegy." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 10, Compiled and edited by Richard Miles, 556-563. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2015.
  • Perusal score