Elegy (John Zorn album)

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Studio album by John Zorn
Released 1992
Recorded November 1991, Different Fur Studios, San Francisco
Length 29:22
Label Eva, Tzadik TZ 7302
Producer John Zorn
John Zorn chronology
Grand Guignol
Leng Tch'e

Elegy is an album by John Zorn, which was dedicated to Jean Genet, featuring four "file card" compositions titled after colors and arranged in the style of chamber music.[1]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[2]
Guy's Music Review6.5/10 stars[3]

The Allmusic review by Blake Butler awarded the album 4½ stars describing it as "Another smeared blossoming testament to the off-color and highly obtuse genius of John Zorn. A mostly minimalist and sparse landscape of sheer terror and spine-ripping controlled noise explosion".[2] Guy Peters stated "some moments come close to chamber music, but others employ the cut up-techniques or seem to function as an imaginary soundtrack. Another option is that you consider it an experiment in aural terror and not because it's a very alienating, extreme or demanding album throughout, but because it skilfully uses mood and shifts to hook you up with a feeling of unease".[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Blue" - 7:08
  2. "Yellow" - 2:48
  3. "Pink" - 15:44
  4. "Black" - 3:42
All compositions by John Zorn
  • Recorded at Different Fur Studios, San Francisco in November 1991



  1. ^ Tzadik catalogue
  2. ^ a b Butler, B. Allmusic Review accessed March 16, 2009.
  3. ^ a b Peters, G. Guy's Music Review Archived 2012-07-19 at the Wayback Machine., accessed October 23, 2013