From sadness and anger to wisdom and hope, a powerful emotional journey inspired by the horrific invasion of Ukraine. To show our solidarity with Ukrainian people, this score will remain free to download until all the territory of Ukraine has been liberated.

Title Elegy for Mariupol
Composer Patrick Loiseleur
Instrumentation Contrabass (aka Double Bass or String Bass) and Piano
Reference TPR-0101
Opus number L65
Dedication to all heroes of Ukraine
Duration 8' 30''
Difficulty level
First performance TBD
Publication Date January 20, 2023

This piece was inspired by the immense human tragedy of the war in Ukraine, especially the siege of the city of Mariupol. It is respectfully dedicated to all heroes of Ukraine: not only the soldiers but all people of Ukraine hose courage and determination is immensely inspiring to us all.

It is a powerful emotional journey, using the full expressive potential of the Double Bass. This piece can be divided in four sections:

  • A somber melody in popular style, with a chromatically saturated accompaniment expressing sadness and grief
  • A fast, rhythmic, dissonant, as an evocation of the brutality of war
  • A slow, minimalistic theme introducing wisdom and consolation
  • Ukraine's National Anthem leading to a feeling of pride and triumph.
Audio extract
Pages 18 (full score) + 7 (double bass part)
Related scores Elegy For Mariupol, for Double Bass and Orchestra (Loiseleur)


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