Elegy for the Time of Change

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for solo organ.
Elegy for the Time of Change was written in response to the horrifying murder of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis police in May 2020. Imbued with singing melodies and richly expressive harmonies, the work makes several brief allusions to the spiritual There is a Balm in Gilead, offering a hopeful vision of healing and unity to a nation (and world) riven by mistrust and disparity.

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Elegy for the

Time of Change

Robert A. Harris


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ROBERT A. HARRIS

ELEGY FOR THE

TIME OF CHANGE

THE OXFORD ORGAN LIBRARY


Composer’s Note

Elegy for the Time of Change, composed in June 2020, is in part a reaction to the horrific death of George Floyd, who

was murdered as the entire world witnessed his cruel suffocation by a police officer. Floyd was forced to the ground

and struggled to breathe for 9 minutes and 29 seconds—calling out for his mother—before taking his last breath

and dying. The impetus for writing this piece was a sermon delivered shortly after this lamentable event by the

Rev. Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church. In that sermon, Bishop Curry delivered

words of solace, love, and the hope that the United States, struggling with polarization, mistrust, and disparity,

might come together as a unified nation of brotherhood, peace, and equality. Most moving and memorable were

his recurring references to words of the spiritual There is a Balm in Gilead. Those words of assurance, woven into

his beautifully crafted sermon, were the real inspiration for Elegy, which I began to write immediately after

the sermon’s conclusion. Brief musical quotes from the spiritual occur throughout the piece, representing the

aspiration that we as a people will soon unite, revive our collective spirits, and heal the wounded, sin-sick soul of

our nation.

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In Memoriam ...

Tanisha Anderson, Sandra Bland, Rayshard Brooks, Michael Brown, Philando Castile, Stephon Clark, Michelle

Cusseaux, George Floyd, James Floyd, Janisha Fonville, Eric Garner, Freddie Gray, Akai Gurley, Justin Howell,

Botham Jean, Atatiana Jefferson, Trayvon Martin, Sean Monterrosa, Gabriella Nevarez, Tamir Rice,

Aura Rosser, Alton Sterling, Breonna Taylor

et al. ...


In Memoriam ...

Elegy for the Time of Change

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Gt.: Foundations 8', Sw. to Gt.

Ch.: Foundations 8'

Ped.: Foundations 16', 8', Sw. to Ped.

ROBERT A. HARRIS





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