John Corigliano

Though John Corigliano is most well-known for his expansive compositions for large ensembles, his output for voice includes the song cycle The Cloisters with texts by William M. Hoffman, as well as other various song cycles and individual songs.

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Corigliano is an often played and well-decorated American composer. His opera The Ghosts of Versailles of 1991 was the first commission from the Metropolitan Opera since 1967 and won the Composition of the Year Award from the International Music Awards. He has also written three symphonies–the second of which won the Pulitzer Prize. Corigliano’s score for the film The Red Violin was nominated for an Academy Award.

Corigliano’s cross-over of classical and popular music became even more prominent with his 2000 song cycle Mr. Tambourine Man, which sets the text of Bob Dylan new musical settings. Corigliano has many other song settings, including an early song cycle called Petit Fours and a setting of an English translation of Baudelaire’s “L’Invitation au Voyage,” as well as more settings of poems by various American poets.

–Christie Finn

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The Hours Begin to Sing

(William Bolcom, John Corigliano and Jake Heggie)


Something to Sing About

(Samuel Barber, William Bolcom, Aaron Copland, John Corigliano, John Harbison, Charles Ives and Ned Rorem)


American Classics: Corigliano

(John Corigliano)


Music@Menlo Live '03: Innovation / Evolution: The Unfolding of Music 1720 - 2002, Vol. 5 (Voices of Our Time)

(John Corigliano, John Harbison and Ned Rorem)


American Song Recital

(Leonard Bernstein, William Bolcom, Paul Bowles, John Corigliano, John Woods Duke, Richard Hundley, Lori Laitman, John Musto and Richard Pearson Thomas)


The Cloisters

(John Corigliano)


Christmas with Renata Scotto

(John Corigliano)


Sheet Music

28 Songs by American and British Composers

Composer(s): John Duke

Song(s): Barber: Must the Winter Come so Soon?
Bernstein: Two Love Songs (Extinguish My Eyes, When My Soul Touches Yours)
Bowles: Heavenly Grass
Carpenter: When I Bring to You Colour'd Toys
Corigliano: Christmas at the Cloisters, The Unicorn
Dougherty: Sound the Flute!
Duke: Peggy Mitchell
Hoiby: An Immorality
Moore: The Dove Song (The Wings of the Dove)
Sargent: Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
Thomson: English Usage, The Tiger
Vaughan Williams: Hugh's Song of the Road
Wells: Everyone Sang

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"Christmas at the Cloisters"

Composer(s): John Corigliano

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"Fort Tryon Park: September"

Composer(s): John Corigliano

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John Corigliano Sheet Music

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Songs from The Cloisters

Composer(s): John Corigliano

Song(s): 1. Fort Tryon Park: September
2. Song to the Witch of the Cloisters
3. Christmas at the Cloisters
4. The Unicorn

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"Song to the Witch of the Cloisters"

Composer(s): John Corigliano

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"The Unicorn"

Composer(s): John Corigliano

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