3 October 2011
“ With a viscerally emotional score “One Sweet Morning” shifts in mood from ruminative to bellicose, from mystical to wrenching… the skill and vision at play are impressive. And Ms. Blythe was in her glory. ”
29 September 2011
“ For out of the flags and the bones buried under the clover
Spring will bloom
Peace will come
One sweet morning. ”
— E.Y. “Yip” Harburg
John Corigliano’s One Sweet Morning, which was written as a reflection on the decade since 9/11 and features texts by E.Y. “Yip” Harburg, Li Po, Homer, and Czesław Miłosz, will receive its World Premiere by the New York Philharmonic, September 30 and October 1 and 4; the program also includes Barber’s Essay No. 1 and Dvořák’s Symphony No. 7.
29 September 2011
Podcast Preview: Alan Gilbert and John Corigliano
In the latest On The Music Podcast, Music Director Alan Gilbert discusses One Sweet Morning, a newly commissioned work by John Corigliano — a composer who he describes as “one of the important storytellers in American music.” Mr. Corigliano also talks about his new work, which will receive its World Premiere by the New York Philharmonic on September 30 and October 1 and 4 at Avery Fisher Hall. Listen to the entire award-winning podcast series here.
26 September 2011
“ Now, 10 years later, we have a chance to look back at 9/11 and then look back further, to see how it fits into the drama of all the world’s wars, all the world’s battles, all the world’s horrible mistreatments of people. That decade gives us perspective, which is why this is a different kind of piece. ”
— Composer John Corigliano
Mr. Corigliano, in a recent New York Times interview, discussed his One Sweet Morning — a reflection on the decade following 9/11 — which will receive its World Premiere by the New York Philharmonic and mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe, led by Music Director Alan Gilbert on September 30
and October 1 and 4.
23 September 2011
One Sweet Morning
Audience members at the Philharmonic’s recent Insights series performance and discussion with composer John Corigliano were treated to a preview of his song cycle One Sweet Morning, which receives its World Premiere by the New York Philharmonic, led by Music Director Alan Gilbert and featuring mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe, for whom the work was written. The work — a reflection on the decade following 9/11 — will be performed along with Barber’s Essay No. 1 and Dvořák’s Symphony No. 7 on September 30 and October 1 and 4 at Avery Fisher Hall.
2 August 2011
The first of several World Premieres that the Philharmonic has on tap for the 2011–12 season is John Corigliano’s song cycle One Sweet Morning, September 30-October 4. The work, commissioned by the Philharmonic and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, is a setting of meditations on war and peace written over centuries. As the composer has said, “we look at 9/11 as part of a continuum of war and battle, and though we’re more distant from it, we’re very close to it. So, 10 years later, this is a kind of perspective of the idea that war is continuing … and the dream that it might end someday.”
While you’re at Avery Fisher Hall for this fascinating program, be sure to check out the Archival Exhibit in the Hall’s Bruno Walter Gallery titled “In Times of Strife: The Philharmonic’s Response — from Abraham Lincoln to 9/11.”