Watch a live performance of Eloi, Eloi by the North Texas Wind Symphony, Conducting Associate Jack Eaddy, conductor. This performance occurred on November 17, 2016 at Windspear Hall on the campus of the University of North Texas, in Denton.
Eloi, Eloi was composed for conductor Ray E. Cramer and the Musashino Academia Musicae Wind Ensemble. The work's expression is not programmatic. It is intended as a simple prayer that pays tribute to and is in remembrance of the March 11, 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami victims. The title is drawn from Psalm 22:1, Matthew 27:46, and Mark 15:34 and states (in Arabic), Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? and translates to, My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me? The work was later adapted as the opening movement to the composer's Cantata, Drifting Gently Through Endless Beauty.
Although the work is rated as a grade 4 work, the solos that occur throughout the work in the 1st Flute part requires a mature, experienced player. Please interpret the 1st Flute part as grade 5-6. Please view the perusal score for further evaluation. Please note that the Harp part, crucial to the overall timbre and texture of the work, cannot be construed as an "optional" part. The Harp part is necessary in expressing the emotional aspect required of Eloi, Eloi.