Elegy and Retribution (PDF Only)
This work is designed to be engaging for performers of all levels, in spite of the technical limitations presented. Generally, the range of the instruments is within the grasp of 2nd year and 3rd year players and the rhythms are limited.
Elegy and Retribution is a two movement work that can be performed as one complete piece or each movement separately. Although there is no deliberate story or programmatic elements, the style of the work is reminiscent of many modern film scores minor/major mode alteration, short motif segments, and repetitive rhythmic ostinato. In short, the work has a feel not dissimilar from the backstory and revenge often observed within the popular super hero cinematic universe. Each movement is connected by a 3 note motif. This piece is a great opportunity to discuss the use of motif in music and how it can be developed and altered to not only connect ideas but to portray complex emotion.