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Elegy for the Wall's Unnamed

From Wind Repertory Project
Kevin Walczyk

Kevin Walczyk


Subtitle: In Memoriam Edgar Paul Duker


General Info

Year: 2015
Duration: c. 9:10
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Keveli Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $120.00   |   Score Only (print) - $15.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Sopranino Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra Alto Clarinet/Contrabass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet/Flugelhorn I-II
B-flat Trumpet III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Piano
Timpani
Percussion I-VI, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Castanets
  • Chimes
  • Crotales
  • Field Drum
  • Guiro
  • Sandpaper Blocks
  • Sizzle Cymbal
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-Tam or Gong, large, medium and small
  • Triangle, medium
  • Vibraphone
  • Wood Block, large


Errata

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Program Notes

Elegy for the Wall’s Unnamed is a work that commemorates the life and musical legacy of Edgar Paul Duker who lost his life to a presumptive disease associated with exposure to Agent Orange while serving in Vietnam.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial – the Wall – stands as a symbol of America's honor and recognition of the men and women who served and sacrificed their lives in the Vietnam War. Inscribed on the black granite walls are the names of more than 58,000 men and women who gave their lives or remain missing. Although the Memorial itself is dedicated to honor the "courage, sacrifice and devotion to duty and country" of all who answered the call to serve during the longest war in U.S. history, the Memorial does not add the names of those who served and died after the war from the results of exposure to Agent Orange. This music composition, therefore, is dedicated to those – the Wall’s unnamed, like Edgar Paul Duker, who nevertheless suffered and endured long after the war.

Commissioned by Suzanne, Doug and Mark Duker, the composition’s entire melodic and harmonic structures are derived from a process that transforms the name, Edgar Paul Duker, and the phrase, Agent Orange, into musical pitches. Combinations of specific percussion groupings are used throughout the work to reference Vietnamese folk instruments, including “rice” drums, sênh tiên (“coin clapper”) music, and stone lithophones.

The opening of the work musically introduces Edgar Paul Duker followed by a very brief statement of the dissonant Agent Orange musical materials. The works primary theme – a lyrical, stately melody, ensues and is comprised of pitches derived from two transformations of the name Duker. Dissonant chordal sonorities, generated from the phrase Agent Orange, follow the work’s main theme. Edgar Paul Duker thematic materials are woven throughout this dark section of the work, including statements that have been musically inverted to represent how one’s life is turned upside down when invaded by the affects of Agent Orange. A transparent, playful fugue, based on the name Edgar, interrupts the Agent Orange section. The fugue, featuring instrumentation of the Duker family: clarinet, flute, trumpet, euphonium, and piano, slowly gives way to the entire wind ensemble and transitions to a restatement of the lyrical main theme punctuated with musical statements of “Edgar”. The Agent Orange section is reprised, including sporadic inverted presentations of the main Duker theme. The Agent Orange music slowly dissipates and completely capitulates to a series of unaltered Edgar Paul Duker thematic and harmonic statements. The work’s coda juxtaposes multiple statements of the lyrical “Duker” main theme with the “Edgar” motive that begins the work.

- Program Note by publisher


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