• vn, vc, pf
  • 20 min

Programme Note

Composer Note:

The Elegy was written in memory of my father, who was an amateur violinist and always deeply supportive of my music making. He came to America from Japan in 1903, without any education whatsoever, to work on the farms in Western Washington.

But he soon became the cabin boy for James Hill of the Great Northern Railroad, and thus began his lifelong travels and adventures, which wanderlust he passed on to me. This work was written shortly after I wrote my first commercial movie (Death Race 2000), and was my first composition in which I set out to reconcile both my classical and movie music passions. This piece pays homage to those wonderful war horses for the violin which I played (to my father's immense delight) as a young music student.

It was premiered by the Mirecourt Trio at Weill Hall in 1975, and at the Monday Evening Concerts in LA in 1978.

— Paul Chihara