for 5 contrabasses and chamber ensemble

(1999, rev. 2000)

Elyria, Ohio was originally settled in 1816, by a group of settlers from Becket and West Springfield, Massachussetts, headed by Heman Ely.  Elyria became a township on 20 October 1819 which was followed by the building of the first courthouse.  That same courthouse was burned to the ground in the great fire of 1893.  A new one was built later, and still stands there today. There is also a story that Elyria used to be the breeding grounds for wild "savage beasts."  In fact, Albert A. Harris of the Cleveland Herald, shot a bear and cubs who were "attacking" him in the woods where Lake ave. currently stands.

Nonetheless, things have changed since then.  There is now the fine landscape of eastern Elyria dominated by the pleasantly informal Midway mall.  The western landscape denotes special attention.  It is the breeding ground for architectural wonders such as the Burger King on Broad St. and the grandiose train station, where I occasionally hang out.  

If you have not yet experiencced the fine and modern city of Elyria, I suggest you do (especially in the wee hours of the morning).

v.c. April 2000



I. My heart pours out to you Elyria, Oh my soul

II. Ho Down 
a.) ho-down
b.) burger king (broad st.)
c.) midway mall (east side)
d.) "nice glasses, sonny" (west side)
e.) deliverance (amtrak)
f.) dueling basses (homage to the 24 hr dynamo)

III. Hymn
a.) hymn
b.) chronometer slowing to zero
c.) varese rising (ex humo) 


5 Contrabasses,, Soprano Saxophone (doubles Contrabass Sarrussophone (or Bass Saxophone)), Contrabassoon, Banjo, 2 Pianoforti, Percussion (2 Timpani, Glockenspiel, Triangle, Hi-hat, Suspended Cymbal, Tamtam, Snare Drum, Bass Drum, Police whistle), Violoncello 


20 mins.


March 1999
Warner Concert Hall, Oberlin OH
Vin Calianno - Conductor