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Elegy (for a world obsessed with violence)

for orchestra

Year:  2002   ·  Duration:  10m
Instrumentation:  3*33*3; 4331; timp., 2 perc.; cel., hp; strings | (Perc: bass drum, tubular bells, snaredrum, crash cymbals)

Year:  2002
Duration:  10m
Instrumentation  3*33*3; 4331; timp., 2 perc...

Chris Adams

Composer:   Chris Adams

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Elegy is my personal reflection on the events of September 11th, 2001, their aftermath and the fixation on and use of violence in our global culture. Although the piece took me just over six months to complete, I started writing it shortly after the attacks on the Twin Towers. I was living in Wells, and was physically very distanced from the events that the world observed taking place in America and later in Afghanistan, Bali, Guantanamo Bay, Iraq and Spain. In this piece, I am exploring both the horrific tragedy of the situation, and the American response to that day. It is an emotional response to the tragedy and not in any way programmatic. Essentially Elegy is a work full of hope. Hope that it is possible to find better ways to resolve conflict within our world. Hope that it is possible for different cultures and beliefs to coexist with understanding and tolerance for others. Hope that people will not see everything as black and white with only one right way or answer and not be influenced by ignorance or greed.

Performance history

01 Oct 2003: Performed by the Auckland Philharmonia, conductor Marc Taddei

03 Oct 2004: Performed by Wellington Youth Orchestra conducted by Marc Taddei at Wellington Town Hall.

27 Jul 2019: Nelson Symphony Orchestra | Aotearoa

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