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Voyage (from L'Invitation au Voyage,1971)
Arranged by the composer for flute and string orchestra (1983)

see also: original version L'Invitation au Voyage (a cappella chorus), version for flute and string quintet, version for string orchestra, version for flute and harp, and version for flute and piano


First performed November 22, 1983, by James Galway, flute, with the London Symphony Orchestra, Myung-Whun Chung, conductor; London, UK


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Duration  8 minutes



James Galway, flute, with the Eastman Philharmonia Philharmonia; David Effron, conductor RCA 63711 (2000)
Paul Edmond Davies, flute, with I Fiamminghi (the
Orchestra of Flanders); Rudolf Werthen,conductor
Telarc CD-80421 (1996)


Program note

Voyage for flute and string orchestra (1983) is an instrumental version of a 1971 a cappella choral work that was a setting of Richard Wilbur's translation of Baudelaire's famous L'Invitation au voyage. Wilbur's poignant setting pictures a world of obsessive imagination — a drugged version of heaven full of sensual imagery. The music echoes the quality of the repeated refrain found in this lush translation: "There, there is nothing else but grace and measure, richness, quietness and pleasure."

                     — John Corigliano

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