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John Corigliano

Publisher: G. Schirmer

How Like Pellucid Statues, Daddy (1994)
G Schirmer Inc
Works for 2-6 Players
Sub Category
Other Woodwind Ensemble
Year Composed
4 Minutes

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Programme Note
John Corigliano How Like Pellucid Statues, Daddy (1994)
Composer Note:

In reading John Ashbery’s poem, No Longer Very Clear, I was struck by the contrasting imagery in the adjacent phrases “How like pellucid statues, Daddy, Or like a…engine.”

The frozen translucent statues seemed to me to be a marvelous foil for the pulsating hot energy of an engine – both images, as seen through the eyes of a child, readily evoked musical ideas.

The unique sound of double reeds seemed at once to be the right choice, and fulfilled a desire I have always had to write for multiple bassoons.

The work utilizes row techniques, and is in two parts – the first a picture of the frozen pellucid statues, and the second, an aural portrait of the energy and acceleration inherent in the words “an engine.”

—John Corigliano

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  • Ensemble
    New York Bassoon Quartet
    Jane Taylor, Lauren Goldstein, Julie Feves, Bernadette Zirkuli
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