Statement for Elson is a short solemn musical epitaph for unaccompanied trumpet in memory of Washington State University president Elson Floyd. The entire melodic content was constructed from his name: A/E/B/G/F for Elson and Bb/E/G/F/Ab for Floyd. The opening and closing of the work, only two notes are heard: E/F, which of course represents his initials. The work was premiered by Dr. David Turnbull at the Festival of Contemporary Art Music in March of 2016.
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