Elegy for flute, viola and piano

Composed in memory of my grandfather, Joseph E. Beck (1904-1981), the Elegy was premiered on a recital of my work at the Mannes College of Music, 27 January 1984. The players were Theresa Patton (Tess Alexandra Pope) (flute); Oliver Prezant (viola); and Michele Buselli (piano).

Joe Beck, the son of Romanian Jewish immigrants, was a social worker who helped resettle refugees during and after World War II. Having previously worked for various social agencies in Cleveland, Ohio, and Scranton, Pennsylvania, Beck became the executive director of the Jewish Family Society of Philadelphia in 1934. He headed this organization until 1942 when he accepted the executive directorship of the National Refugee Service, in New York City. He left this organization in 1950 and moved to California, where he continued social work and eventually retired.

flute, viola, piano
Date completed:
ca. 6:00

Elegy for flute, viola and piano

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