• Carl Vine
  • Elegy (1985)

  • Chester Music Ltd (World)
  • fl(pic)/tbn/perc/pf4hnd(org [=DX7])/vc
  • 8 min

Programme Note

Elegy was written for and is dedicated to Peter Harthoorn, a friend who died without warning in early 1985. The work is cast in a single movement with the following four sections : (i) reaction, (ii) reflection, (iii) rhythmic explosion, (iv) elegy proper.

The "reaction" is my own response to the news of Peter's death. The "reflection" is in part a resumé of Peter's character and life, leading to the cathartic "explosion" of both death and its acceptance.

Elegy was commissioned by the contemporary music group Flederman with financial assistance form the Music Board of the Australia Council.