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To Music (1994)
For orchestra


First performed May 4, 1995, by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Jesús López-Cobos, conductor;
Cincinnati, OH


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Scored for 2 flutes (1 doubling piccolo), 2 oboes, 2 clarinets (1 doubling bass clarinet), 2 bassoons, 4 horns (2 off-stage), 1 trumpet 2 piccolo trumpets (off-stage), 2 trombones (1 off-stage), bass trombone (off-stage), 1 tuba, timpani and percussion (1 player), and strings

Duration  6 minutes



Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra; Eri Klas, conductor Ondine ODE 1058-2 (2005)
Fiamminghi (the Orchestra of Flanders); Rudolf Werthen,conductor Telarc CD-80421 (1996)


Program note

To music is a short, lyrical, and introspective piece, involving the orchestra and some offstage players. The onstage orchestra plays a long choral-like passage, answered by short fanfare elements. Later the offstage players take up these fanfare elements, and the ensemble builds to a peak before resolving into a gentle setting of Schubert’s masterly song An die Musik (hence the title of the work), from which all the earlier fanfare elements were taken.

                     — John Corigliano

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