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John Corigliano

Publisher: G. Schirmer

The Cloisters (for voice and orchestra) (1965)
Text Writer
William M. Hoffman
G Schirmer Inc
Soloist(s) and Orchestra
Sub Category
Chamber Orchestra
Year Composed
13 Minutes
Alternate Orchestration
Voice; pf
Programme Note
John Corigliano The Cloisters (for voice and orchestra) (1965)
The Cloisters is one of John Corigliano's earlier works, dating from 1965. After his friend the poet and playwright William M. Hoffman wrote The Unicorn, Corigliano suggested that several more poems, unified by the motif of the Cloisters, a museum of medieval art at the northern end of Manhattan, might provide wonderful material for a song cycle. The resulting group of four poems touches on romantic moods and picturesque images associated in Hoffman's mind with the Cloisters. The third song, Christmas at the Cloisters, is dedicated to gospel singer Marion Williams. The complete cycle is available for voice and piano.
— Walter Simmons
  1. Fort Tryon Park: September (Vocal score 50290270 for sale)
  2. Song to the Witch of the Cloisters (Vocal score 50290400 for sale)
  3. Christmas at the Cloisters (Vocal score 50290410 for sale)
  4. The Unicorn (Vocal score 50290420 for sale)

  • Soloist(s)
    Henry Herford, Robin Bowman
    New World Records:
  • Soloist(s)
    Lauren Wagner, soprano; Fred Weldy, piano (recording of Ft. Tryon Park only)
    Channel Classics:
  • Soloist(s)
    Robert White, tenor; Samuel Sanders, piano (recording of Song to the Witch of the Cloisters only)
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