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John Corigliano

Publisher: G. Schirmer

One Sweet Morning (for chorus) (2005)
G Schirmer Inc
Chorus a cappella / Chorus plus 1 instrument
Year Composed
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John Corigliano One Sweet Morning (for chorus) (2005)

E.Y. "Yip" Harburg

29 April 2006
Young People’s Chorus of New York City
Francisco J. Nuñez, conductor
Ethical Culture Society
New York, NY

Composer's note:

This is my first work for a youth chorus. In searching for a text, I came across E. Y. (Yip) Harburg's Rhymes for the Irreverent: two small volumes of poems by the lyricist of the film "The Wizard of Oz," the musical Brigadoon, and many other timeless works. Harburg was a very political poet. He was most often very funny, but occasionally wrote poems of transcendental beauty like "One Sweet Morning."

This anti-war poem looks forward to "one sweet morning" when, "out of the flags and the bones buried under the clover," "spring will bloom"..."peace will come." It is an exalted prayer for the future, and, when sung by young people who are the future, has special meaning.

— John Corigliano

on NPR's "Deceptive Cadence"

   Listen to John Corigliano discuss One Sweet Morning

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  • 16 FEB 2012
    Transient Glory Symposium
    Le Poisson Rouge, New York City
    Young People's Chorus of New York
    Francisco J. Nuñez, conductor

    Other Dates:
    18 February - Zankel Hall, New York City
  • 29 APR 2006
    Transient Glory
    Ethical Culture Society, New York City
    Young People's Chorus of New York City
    Francisco J. Nuñez, conductor

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