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Of Rage and Remembrance (1991)
For mezzo soprano, boy soprano, men's chorus, and chamber ensemble

see also Symphony No. 1


Commissioned by the gay men's choruses of Seattle, New York, and San Francisco.

First performed March 29, 1991, by the Seattle Men’s Chorus, Seattle, WA


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Scored for mezzo soprano, boy soprano, men's chorus with 12 chimes, 8 cellos, and 4 double basses.

Duration  17 minutes



Michelle DeYoung, mezzo soprano, with the Oratorio Society and Choral Arts Society of Washington and the National Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin, conductor RCA Victor (BMG) 09026-68450-2 (1996)


Program note

I was extremely moved when I first saw "The Quilt," an ambitious interweaving of several thousand fabric panels, each memorializing a person who had died of AIDS, and, most importantly, each designed and constructed by his or her loved ones. This made me want to memorialize in music those I had lost, and to reflect on those I was still losing. The result was my Symphony No. 1 (commissioned by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra), the third movement of which fuses a tense and heartbroken poem by my friend and collaborator (The Cloisters, the Ghosts of Versailles), the poet and playwright William M. Hoffman, to a litany of names of men lost to AIDS.

Of Rage and Remembrance is a reimagining of that movement as a ritual for community chorus. In it, AIDS is not only context but also content: Of Rage and Remembrance cannot be performed abstractly, as just another piece in the choral repertoire. Its audience is not really the audience for choral music; its audience is the community blighted by AIDS. That it now attracts a larger audience is beside the point: rarely has posterity seemed so irrelevant to me.

                     — John Corigliano

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