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An American Elegy

By Frank Ticheli

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Concert band - Grade 4
Composed by Frank Ticheli. Suitable for high school, community, and college bands. Conductor Full Score. Duration 11:10. Published by Manhattan Beach Music (MH.0-931329-28-0).

Item Number: MH.0-931329-28-0

ISBN 0-931329-28-0.

Program Notes: An American Elegy is, above all, an expression of hope. It was composed in memory of those who lost their lives at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999, and to honor the survivors. It is offered as a tribute to their great strength and courage in the face of a terrible tragedy. I hope the work can also serve as one reminder of how fragile and precious life is and how intimately connected we all are as human beings. I was moved and honored by this commission invitation, and deeply inspired by the circumstances surrounding it. Rarely has a work revealed itself to me with such powerful speed and clarity. The first eight bars of the main melody came to me fully formed in a dream. Virtually every element of the work was discovered within the span of about two weeks. The remainder of my time was spent refining, developing, and orchestrating. The work begins at the bottom of the ensemble's register, and ascends gradually to a heartfelt cry of hope. The main theme that follows, stated by the horns, reveals a more lyrical, serene side of the piece. A second theme, based on a simple repeated harmonic pattern, suggests yet another, more poignant mood. These three moods - hope, serenity, and sadness - become intertwined throughout the work, defining its complex expressive character. A four-part canon builds to a climactic quotation of the Columbine Alma Mater. The music recedes, and an offstage trumpeter is heard, suggesting a celestial voice - a heavenly message. The full ensemble returns with a final, exalted statement of the main theme. Ensemble instrumentation: 4 Flute 1, 4 Flute 2, 1 Oboe 1, 1 Oboe 2, 4 Bb Clarinet 1, 4 Bb Clarinet 2, 4 Bb Clarinet 3, 3 Bb Bass Clarinet, 1 Eb Contrabass Clarinet, 1 Bb Contrabass Clarinet, 1 Bassoon 1, 1 Bassoon 2, 3 Eb Alto Saxophone 1, 3 Eb Alto Saxophone 2, 2 Bb Tenor Saxophone, 1 Eb Baritone Saxophone, 3 Bb Trumpet 1, 3 Bb Trumpet 2, 3 Bb Trumpet 3, 2 F Horn 1, 2 F Horn 2, 2 Trombone 1, 2 Trombone 2, 2 Trombone 3, 3 Euphonium B.C., 2 Euphonium T.C., 4 Tuba, 1 String Bass, 2 Timpani, 3 Percussion 1, 3 Percussion 2.

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  • 5

    Brennan B
    Location:
    Lubbock, Texas
    Difficulty Level:
    Advanced
  • 2012-11-19 00:00:00.0 Amazingly Beautiful piece

    This is one of the most beautiful pieces I have played. When a piece is written in memory of something so emotionally tragic, the emotion is almost like its tied to the piece. This piece is rated at an advanced level in my book due to its high demand for...

    musicality. From a technical stand point, the notes and rhythms are not difficult. However the phrasing and dynamic contrast that it calls for is quite a load. My favorite parts in the piece are the horn part that has the main melody in the beginning, the excerpts from Columbine's Alma Mater(also written by Ticheli), and of course the offstage trumpet solo. This is the only piece to ever make me cry. Never in my life had I been struck by this much emotion because of music. I'm a Bari Sax player and this is one of if not my favorite piece. P.S. during out UIL Performance, we also performed, Machu Picchu By Yagisawa and Easter Monday On The White House Lawn By Sousa. Great Pieces!

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  • 5

    Tyler Gehris
    Location:
    East Stroudsburg, PA
    Difficulty Level:
    Intermediate
  • 2009-03-18 00:00:00.0 Love It!!

    I love this song soo much! i am a trumpet player and i love the offstage solo. I think it is the best part of the piece!

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  • 4

    Matthew Bratton
    Location:
    Plainsboro, NJ
    Difficulty Level:
    Intermediate/advanced
  • 2008-06-13 00:00:00.0 A True Tearjerker

    This is one of the most moving pieces I've ever heard, especially the trumpet solo. This piece moves me to tears every time I hear it. The parts are straitforward, however every part must be played very expressively in order for the piece to be effctive. This is one...

    of Frank Ticheli's best works and I highly recommend it.

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