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Elegy and Quickstep

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David Dzubay

David Dzubay

General Info

Year: 2006
Duration: c. 8:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Pro Nova Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $180.00   |   Score Only - $35.00


Full Score
Flute I -II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass 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
Bass Trombone
String Bass (opt.)
Piano (opt.)
Timpani Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bell Tree
  • Cymbals (small, medium and large suspended)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba (2)
  • Tam-Tam
  • Triangles (3, small, medium and large)
  • Tubular Bells
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind Chimes
  • Xylophone
  • Woodblocks (2)


The following are in both the score and parts:

  • Bassoon I, m.138-142: last note of the bar should be tied to the next bar in each of these measures.
  • Percussion III, m.140: notes should be F-sharp and D-sharp.
  • Percussion V, m.43: there is a half rest missing at the end of the bar / m. 140, notes should be F-sharp and D-sharp.
  • Piano (LH), m.140: notes should be F-sharp and D-sharp.

The following are changes the composer wants in both the score and parts:

  • Flutes, m.50-51: one on a part.
  • Oboes, m.50-51: one on a part.
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet II-III, m.138: beat two should be a quarter rest.
  • All, m.152-155: delay crescendo in accompaniment to hear trumpets, alto saxophones and oboes.

Program Notes

Composing these two movements in tempore belli (in time of war), I could not help but be influenced by the time in which we live, and the music indeed contains certain martial echoes. The first movement is an expressive lament, an elegy for the dead, with a variety of expression ranging from quiet tender moments to tense struggles and powerful exclamations. The second is a fast march, again colored by a variety of expressive tone, sometimes powerfully authoritative and determined, at other times searching, haunted, questioning. The concluding movement is built out of a persistent 6-note motive, foreshadowed in the Elegy, but brought to prominence in the Quickstep. It is most clearly heard over and over (and over) again in a three part canon about one minute into the movement and then again in the concluding brass refrain.

Program Note by David Dzubay


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