Richard Lambert Music

Elegy (Op.29 No.2)

A general-purpose organ voluntary which creates a mood of resignation and repose

Elegy was composed in Harringworth in 2009. Set mainly in a gentle 6/8 rhythm, it features two of the composer's mannerisms: hemiolae, in melody, bass and accompaniment, and pedal points, notably in the bass line.

It commences in a modal E minor and never deviates far from this key before a variant of the main material returns in E major to complete the piece, rather than with any feeling of triumph, in a mood of resignation and repose.


Elegy provides an excellent addition to any organist’s repertoire of voluntaries. An effective blend of fluent melodic lines in manuals and a steady bass line in the pedals creates an interesting texture throughout the piece. Towards the end, the chords create a warm and reflective mood. This is a piece that can be played as a voluntary at a variety of occasions.

Krystyna Palamarchuk, music teacher and organist, London


This recording of Elegy was produced using computer software called Sibelius: it is not a live recording.


You can view and purchase the score of Elegy from Score Exchange.

If you wish to listen to the piece on that website, select the ‘MP3 file’ link instead of playing the embedded score for better audio quality.

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