By Jessica Mays
This project experiments with contrasts to illustrate the transition from life to death. Life is characterized through vocalizations and rich, fast-paced, climbing harmonies. Death is exemplified through the eventual absence of these materials. The music vigorously shifts in character from animated to meditative, but the conductor’s baton recurs, continuously ticking away time as the ensemble gradually succumbs to the sound of their percussive rattling.
Elegy was premiered by Nebula Ensemble in March 2015 premiere.