John Donald Robb Elegy for Our War Dead
Robb's orchestral music has been performed by many major orchestras, including the Houston Symphony Orchestra, the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra and the Utah Symphony Orchestra, and under the batons of conductors such as Leonard Slatkin and Maurice Abravanel.
John Donald Robb was no stranger to war, having served as commander of the First Battalion of the United States Field Artillery in World War I. His moving Elegy for Our War Dead, which begins this OPUS ONE compact disc, was written shortly after World War II and is the second movement of the Symphony for Strings (Symphony Number One).
Often performed independently of the symphony, the Elegy is a meditative reflection of its time and is dedicated to those in the U.S. military who died during World War II. It was recorded on an OPUS ONE lp in the late 1970's (OPUS ONE, number fifty-on) with the Chamber Orchestra of Albuquerque, conducted by its original and sole director, David Oberg. That recording was the first commercial recording by the then newly-organized Chamber Orchestra of Albuquerque.
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