Joelle Wallach


Year: 1997

Duration (in minutes): 7'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: larger chamber ensembles - more than 4 players, mixed instrument ensemble, mixed instrument quintet, solo woodwind instrument, string quartet

Instruments: any saxophone, any string, any woodwind, cello, oboe, oboe d'amore, soprano saxophone, viola, violin

Publisher: Joelle Wallach

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Score PDF: EulogyTitleScore.pdf

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Description: 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 1997 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.

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