Bruce MacCombie's 'Elegy' in Performance at University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Bruce MacCombie's Elegy, for chamber ensemble, was recently featured on University of Massachusetts Amherst's Five College New Music Festival on September 11. A collaboration between five schools in the Pioneer Valley (Amherst College, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, Smith College and UMass Amherst), the concert featured a performance of MacCombie's Elegy by violinist Elizabeth Chang, clarinetist Michael Sussman, cellist Astrid Schween and pianist Judith Gordon. Written in memory of Stephen Albert, the composer elaborates on the work:

The tragic death of Stephen Albert in December 1992 marked the loss of an enormously talented composer. He was an inspiration to his many friends and colleagues. Elegy, commissioned by the Aeolian Chamber Players in memory of Stephen Albert, is a brief musical meditation on the sudden departure of this remarkable musician.

The opening, a reference to the beginning gesture of his Symphony Riverrun, turns abruptly quiet and contemplative, then gradually ascends to connect with the repeating pitches e and g, a reference to the setting of the word "yonder" from my own soprano and orchestra work Leaden Echo, Golden Echo, on a poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins. After reaching again for the opening Riverrun chord, the contemplative beginning then becomes the end.

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Bruce MacCombie
Elegy (1993)
for clarinet, violin, violoncello and piano



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