Compositions by Bill Alves

Information about Elegy in Memory of Bill Colvig


Instrumentation:
Violin and Javanese Gamelan.

Duration: c. 5:00

Notes:
Bill Colvig was a wonderful musician, instrument designer and builder, mountain climber, and collaborator with his life partner Lou Harrison. Like many, I was charmed by Bill's energy, good humor, love of the earth, and his puns. Upon learning of his death last March, I was moved to write an elegy in his honor for gamelan, the same sort of orchestra that he was famous for designing and building.

Recording: Here is an excerpt from the premiere performance by Gamelan Sari Pandhawa.

Major Performances:

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Updated on July 23, 2002 by Bill Alves (alves@hmc.edu).