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From the Program Notes by Frank Ticheli: An American Elegy is, above all, an frano of hope. It was composed in memory of those who lost their lives at Columbine High School on April 20,and to honor the survivors.

It is offered as a tribute to their great strength and courage in the face of terrible tragedy. I hope the work can also serve as one reminder of how fragile and elehy life is and how intimately connected we all are as human beings.


An American Elegy

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, fraank statement of the main theme.

Performance of An American Elegy: Sadly, I am constantly reminded how wrong I was. Nothing will improve until more lawmakers admit that the Constitution was written by mere mortals doing the best they could without benefit of a crystal ball. Those same mortals saw this themselves, thereby permitting amendments to the Constitution. In other words, they possessed a humility and wisdom that many current lawmakers seem to lack.


Commonsense gun legislation may very well save the 2nd Amendment. I had no idea that could ever happen. I am sad about a cultural situation that makes it so.

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