A winner! It certainly got to me as I really like it's "slightly off-centered-ness." I don't believe any other combination of instruments can portray such emotion as the strings, and this coming from a brass player. I would be honored to have this played as they scatter my ashes over the Cascade Mountains and I don't care HOW they spell it.
I had to look up Elegy as the word was a new one to me. I can easily see this as a poem. I love strings period and rarely miss the rest of the orchestra, however, I must say that the opposite is not true. I will never be a big fan of marching bands or big bands just because I miss the strings too much
Very nice work on this in both the composition and the rendering.
"Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one." Albert Einstein
I believe I mentioned this piece, too, in another post;
but spoke mostly to the rendering in that one.
Raymond, this is an impressive and fascinating elegy;
in its depth and scope of emotive content, surely;
but also in the harmonic handling -- the excursions
that unexpectedly arise in directions that lend new
dimension to loss. To me, in this -- in the richness
of the emotive content, in its exploration of avenues
of grief we have but can so rarely express -- it is
clearly one of your best.