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Firefly Elegy

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By Gilad Cohen

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Clarinet, Violin, Viola, Cello, Harp - Advanced - Digital Download
Composed by Gilad Cohen. 21st Century, Contemporary Classical. Score, Set of Parts. 148 pages. Published by Gilad Cohen Music (S0.492153).

Item Number: S0.492153

Firefly Elegy uses a 12-note melodictheme, which through the course of the piece undergoes a series oftransformations - mirroring the metamorphosis that takes place over a firefly'sbrief life span. The piece comprises four sections that reflect the four lifestages of the firefly. During the motionless egg stage, some types offireflies glow dimly; the opening section of the piece (following a shortfanfare of flashing-light) is likewise static and calm, while at the same timefeatures an internal motion hinting at subdued energy. The followinggroovy section is at times aggressive, not unlike the firefly during its larvastage, when it is hunting and digesting insects using special enzymes.  The firefly hibernates through the pupa stage- reflected in the third section of the piece by seemingly everlastingsustained chords in the strings. Like a flash of light, each new phrasebegins with an ascending scale, while the harp provides groups of repeatednotes, recalling the synchronized flashes that are found in groups of tropicalfireflies. Firefly Elegy ends with an elegy in which the now maturefirefly looks back at its life. It has gone through such an extensivejourney but only long enough to mate and lay eggs, sometimes without feedingduring its adult stage. In the summertime, I often watch the firefly inhis lonely flutter, flashing about and looking for a mate so he can completethe sole purpose of his short life before dying away. He must sometimeslook back and wonder: was it all worth it?

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