Elegy for Albinoni
Opt. Bb Clarinet or Soprano Sax, substitute for Oboe 1
Bb Clarinet I-II-III
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet I-II
Eb Contra Alto Clarinet
Alto Saxophone I-II
Trumpets (in Bb) I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Baritone (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
- Bass Drum
None discovered thus far.
Elegy for Albinoni is a memorial piece in honor of the prolific but now rarely performed Baroque-era composer Tomaso Albinoni (1671-1751). After an opening theme which sets the ultra-romantic tone of this piece, the second theme is based on rhythmically and harmonically altered versions of a few measures of one of Albinoni's violin sonatas. The two themes are used in alternation, in fragments, or simultaneously throughout the piece.
Albinoni's music was admired by one of the greatest composers of his time, Johann Sebastian Bach. Though Albinoni was 14 years older than Bach, he outlived him, perhaps partially because, as the independently wealthy son of a paper merchant, Albinoni never struggled financially. Bach used the older man's bass lines as examples in his teaching, as well as using some of Albinoni's themes as the basis for some of Bach's own pieces. Albinoni's oboe concerto is one of the standards of the oboe repertoire. However, the most familiar piece associated with Albinoni, the well-known Adagio, is actually by 20th-century composer Remo Giazotto, who says he based that piece on several measures of one of Albinoni's lost works.
Elegy was originally commissioned for string orchestra in 2008 by Breck School (Minn.) in honor of Claudette Laureano, recipient of the Jean Wigley Award for Outstanding Teaching. A full orchestra version was commissioned in 2009 by the Minnesota Youth Symphonies (Claudette and Manny Laureano, Co-Music Directors). This version for winds was commissioned in 2010 by Adam Sroka and the St. Michael-Albertville (Minn.) High School Wind Ensemble.
- Program note from score
None discovered thus far.
To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project
- Illinois State University (Normal) Symphonic Winds (Phillip Hash, conductor) – 16 February 2020
- University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa) Clinic Honor Band I (Amy M. Knopps, conductor) – 2 February 2020
- University of Nebraska Lincoln Wind Ensemble (Carolyn Barber, conductor) – 26 January 2020
- Appalachian State University (Boone, N.C.) Symphony Band (Jason Gardner, conductor) – 21 November 2019
- University of California, Los Angeles, (UCLA) Wind Ensemble (Tyler Farrell, conductor) – 29 May 2019
- Manhattan (N.Y.) Wind Ensemble (Sarah Fernandez, conductor) - 14 March 2019
- California All-State High School Concert Band (Joan deAlbuquerque, conductor) - 17 February 2019 (2019 CASMEC Conference, Fresno)
- University of Illinois (Champaign) University Band (Patricia Vanegas, conductor) – 14 November 2018
- Henderson State University (Arkadelphia, Ark.) Wind Ensemble (Steven M. Knight, conductor) – 7 October 2018
- Indiana State University Wind Symphony (Nikk Pilato, conductor) - 16 October 2018
- CBDNA North Central Intercollegiate Band (Jamie L. Nix, conductor) – 24 February 2018 (CBDNA 2018 North Central Conference, Kalamazoo, Mich.)
- University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire University Band (Devon Lawrence, conductor) – 27 November 2017
- University of Miami (Fla.) Frost Wind Ensemble (Robert Carnochan, conductor) – 18 February 2016
- Minnesota All-State Concert Band (Kevin Sedatole, conductor) - 13 February 2016
- Ball State University (Muncie, Ind.) Symphony Band (Caroline Hand, conductor) – 30 September 2015
- Macalester College Wind Ensemble (Shelley Hanson, conductor) - 16 November 2014
- CA Music Educators Association Capitol Section Honor Band (Joan de Albuquerque, conductor) - 12 January 2012
- Wheaton Municipal Band (Craig Kirchhoff, conductor) - 22 December 2012 (2012 Midwest Clinic)
Works for Winds by this Composer
- Albanian Dance (2005)
- Dances with Winds (Flex instrumentation) (2008)
- El Gato Montés (as arranger) (1918/2014)
- Elegy for Albinoni (2011)
- Evening Song (as arranger)
- Islas y Montañas
- Patapan (as arranger) (1720/2005)
- Carter, Scott. "Elegy for Albinoni." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 10, Compiled and edited by Richard Miles, 381-388. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2015.