Hilary Koprowski: Elegy for Icarus

for organ

8 pp., $7.95, Presser Order number 493-00091 (VOXH-4)

icarus.gif The composer says:

All my life with the exception of the four years when I lived in Brazil, I had dogs as my companions. I loved dogs and they loved me. I believe it was so beautifully said in Prayers From The Ark And The Creatures Choir by Carmen Bernos de Gasztold:

“Il n'y a que Vous et moi pour comprendre ce que c’est que la fidélité!”

Icarus was a special personality: pleasant, clever, handsome, Berger De Beauce who gave us all of his unrequited love. He had lymphoma-leukemia and suffered all the indignities of treatment. He died at 4 ½ years of age, the greatest friend whose loss was as shattering to us as the loss of a member of our family. A few weeks after his death when I was very sad, I composed directly on the piano the Elegy in his memory. It was transcribed for organ by Michael Stairs and expresses the sorrow I had after losing such a great friend.

hilary.jpgHilary Koprowski was born in Warsaw, Poland. He graduated in piano from the Warsaw Conservatory but turned to medicine, obtained his M.D. degree in Warsaw in 1939, and adopted scientific research as his life’s work. He continued his musical studies in Rome, where he graduated from the Santa Cecilia Academy in 1940. It is only now, following great success and notoriety in his career as a scientist, that Dr. Koprowski has allowed himself the time to pursue his musical interests that have always meant so much to him.

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