Viola and string orchestra

Score and parts available from Theodore Presser Company

You may also purchase the recording from Naxos.

Program Notes

Elegy began as a prayer. The initial musical ideas came to me when I found out that my beloved piano teacher, Marina Grin, was terminally ill. But the full realization of the piece only emerged spontaneously after I learned of her passing. Elegy is dedicated to the memory of Marina Grin, who first showed me how to live a life in music.”

I’d like to have a copy of this release readily available at all times. I would shove it into the hands of every person I heard complain about “unlistenable” modern music and demand they listen to it.

Her 2007 Elegy is a heartfelt memorial to a former teacher. It’s a quieter, more personal work. The warmth of the viola in the middle and lower registers gives the music an introspective, intimate feel.

The Elegy is very personal to the composer. It’s dedicated to the memory of her late piano teacher Marina Grin. Originally written for violin and piano, the composer has arranged it on this occasion for viola and string orchestra. As its title implies the mood is one of wistfulness and regret. Deubner’s ardent eloquence has an almost hypnotic effect… Enthusiastically recommended.

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