Joelle Wallach

About this work:

Eulogy is a short elegiac work written for string quartet with either soprano saxophone or oboe d’amore, added to articulate grief in an almost elemental form.  The title reflects the songlike quality of the melodic line and its evocative tone of remembrance and recollection.  From the strings’ first plaintive, lyrical and strangely serene lament, momentum gathers as the rhythm intensifies and each instrument interprets the melody.  They pass it from one to another; until, finally, the strings surrender and underscore the woodwind’s keening cry.

Year composed: 1997
Duration: 00:07:00
Ensemble type: Chamber or Jazz Ensemble, Without Voice:Other Combinations, 2-5 players
Instrumentation: 2 Violin, 1 Viola, 1 Cello, 1 Other Wind Instrument(s)
Instrumentation notes: ob d'amore (or sop sax), 2 vln, vla, vc

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