Time to Start with the Elegies

Young composer Keith Corbin has written a rather nice Elegy for America, inspired by what he correctly calls the horrible catastrophe of November 2, 2004: “59,459,765 Americans said that they favor a policy of Violence over Peace, Intolerance over Justice, Large Corporations over Economic Sanity, and Fear over Freedom and Liberty.” You can hear an mp3 of the MIDI version of Corbin’s piece, based on a funereal variation of our national anthem. One thinks of Charles Ives’s song “An Election: Nov. 2, 1920,” lamenting the country’s similarly cynical and ill-motivated election of another nobody, Warren G. Harding. Is November 2 a particularly inauspicious day to hold elections?

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