Elegies is a song cycle by William Finn about the deaths of friends and family and is a response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Elegies premiered at Lincoln Center in 2003 and has been performed in many other venues.. In 2016 at Charing Cross Theatre by British Theatre Academy. The song cycle premiered at Lincoln Center, the Newhouse Theater (New York City), running from March 9, 2003 to April 19, 2003. Directed by Graciela Daniele. Most of the songs were composed in memory of Finn's friends, several of whom died of AIDS. Three songs deal specifically with the passing of his mother, Barbara Finn. The final set of songs deal with the collapse of the World Trade Center and its emotional aftermath. In a review of a regional production in 2004, the reviewer wrote: "Never morbid, Elegies is touching, funny, and ultimately buoyant; floating on the spirits of those who inhabit its songs. Consisting of eighteen diverse musical moments, the styles and tones range throughout the musical from the unabashedly optimistic -- "Life has infinite, infinite joys!" -- to the hilariously irreverent."
Categories & Keywords
Keywords:Academy, British, Elegies, Finn, Theatre, William, by, musical, the