from: The Agency Animal Show (7/11/04)

Elegy for Mippy II for Solo Trombone (1948)

by Leonard Bernstein
(notes provided by Scott Anderson)

The brass music set from 1948 was commissioned by the Julliard Musical Foundation for members of the New York Philharmonic brass section.  These pieces at the peak of Bernstein's integration of jazz and ethnic sensibilities into classical music.  The Elegy for Mippy II was written "for ;my brother Burtie" and is a eulogy for the second coming of his beloved dog.  The performer is instructed to accompany the music by tapping the foot "four to the bar".  No kidding.