I like linking favourite music in posts like this. I consult them myself time and again to listen to my Youtube gems.
When I think of "elegy" I think of a wailing song, a song of lament. However, there can also be a undercurrent of joy in it. This paradoxical, oxymoronical feeling I personally get from Queen, from a Roger Taylor song vaguely reminiscent of his more famous hit "I'm in Love With My Car". This one however is more complex: "Tenement Funster" from the album "Sheer Heart Attack". And it's got that wailing quality to it while at the same time being a song of pride, joy and youth:
Queen: "Tenement Funster"
In the early 1980's I saw a TV series called "Cosmos", hosted by astronomer Carl Sagan. The accompanying music was exquisite, ranging from modern instrumentals to classics. Here I've stuck with the moderns and choosen Synergy's "Legacy". On the soundtrack album there was only a short version; here is a ten-minute take of this vaguely Bachian synth piece. Step aboard your spaceship and roam impossible vistas to these celestial harmonies:
Van der Graaf Generator were pretty heavy. I must admit that I don't like their longer parts so very much. But "Theme One" is fairly short, only 4.09. And here we can, in nuce, enjoy the group's unique setting of organ, sax and drums - and no guitars. Especially the sax player Steve Jackson is worth looking at: an English eccentric intently occupied with blowing his strange pipes:
Van der Graaf Generator: "Theme One"
A Previous Post With More Music Links
A Post About Pink Floyd On My Swedish Blog, With A Link To A Youtube Video From Live8
"Cadillac In Flowery Space", collage by Svensson