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Voyage (from L'Invitation au Voyage,1971)
Arranged for flute and harp by Valerie von Péchy Whitcup (1988)

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


First performed July 26, 1993, by Charles Delaney, flute, and Valerie Von Pechy Whitcup, harp; The Church of the Good Shepherd; Cashiers, NC


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Duration  8 minutes


Program note

In 1971 I set Richard Wilbur's translation of Baudelaire's famous L'Invitation au voyage for a cappella chorus. 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."

This version for flute and harp is derived from the arrangement I made for flute and string orchestra in 1983.

                     — John Corigliano

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