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A Black November Turkey (1972)
Arranged for string quartet by the composer (2003) x

see also: original version for chorus and piano


String quartet arrangment first performed March 26, 2003, by the Corigliano Quartet at the American Vanguard Festival, Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA


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Duration  5 minutes



Corigliano Quartet Naxos 8.559180 (2004)
The Corigliano Quartet recording is also included on the Naxos sampler "Class of '38" Naxos 8.572087 (2008)


Program note

Composed as companion piece to L’Invitation au Voyage in 1972, A Black November Turkey gets its strange title from a Richard Wilbur poem. This savage barnyard allegory is set against an inane patter of clucking chickens (marked “with bitter sarcasm” in the score), and portrays a sad and endless futility, a celebrated and unnoticed death.

I made this arrangement for the Corigliano Quartet in 2003.

                     — John Corigliano

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