Two Benin Masks. Masks of royal temple guardians with imaginary beasts on their heads. Bronze and leather, lost wax process. Circa 1850. Each 24” high.

"John Corigliano is one of the most talented composers I know of today."

– Leonard Bernstein

The American John Corigliano continues to add to one of the richest, most unusual, and most widely celebrated bodies of work any composer has created over the last forty years. Corigliano's scores, now numbering over one hundred, have won him the Pulitzer Prize, the Grawemeyer Award, five Grammy Awards, and an Academy Award (“Oscar”) and have been performed and recorded by many of the most prominent orchestras, soloists, and chamber musicians in the world.

Featured Works

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Chorus and orchestra

A Dylan Thomas Trilogy

SATB chorus & 3(2pic).3.3(bcl).3(cbn)/4331/timp.3perc/pf.hp.hpd/str

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Fantasia on an Ostinato

3 flutes plus piccolo, 3 oboes, 3 clarinets, 3 bassoons (doubling contrabassoon), 4 horns, 4 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, percussion (4 players), harp, piano, and strings

For Orchestra Arranged for orchestra by the composer (1986)

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Soloist(s) and orchestra

Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra

Solo clarinet and orchestra: 3 flutes and piccolo, 3 oboes and english horn, 2 clarinets and bass clarinet, 3 bassoons and contrabassoon, 6 horns, 4 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, percussion (3 players), harp, piano, and strings (minimum 14 first violins, 14 seconds, 12 violas, 12 cellos, and 6 basses)

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Hand-held floating crocodile  -  Painted and embossed wood  -  Papua New Guinea  -  Undated  -  37" long

“John Corigliano is the genuine article, a totally original composer whose music sounds like no other. His is a music that captures the imagination and keeps us in its thrall.”

– John Adams

Latest Recording

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latest album

The Ghosts of Versailles


The Ghosts of Versailles (complete opera) Los Angeles Opera WORLD PREMIERE RECORDING

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latest album

The Ghosts of Versailles (Live)


CD, DVD, Blue Ray, Versailles Records CV5036 (Soloists, Orchestre de l”Opéra Royal under Joseph Colaneri)

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latest album

Corigliano: Symphony No. 1


Symphony No.1 (third recording of this work) Conducted by David Alan Miller.

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Mexico  -  Jaguar  -  Painted  -  terracoffa with gold leaf  -  Undated. 25" long

Upcoming Performances

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April 2, 2025

PREMIERE New work for Tucson Desert Song

Tucson, AZ

Joshua Bell; Larisa Martinez

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April 21, 2024
First Lutheran Church

Fern Hill (chamber orchestra)

Marshall, MN

Southwest Minnesota State University Chorale

Dr. Stephen Kingsbury, conductor

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April 8, 2024
Kleine Tonhalle

The Red Violin Caprices

Zurich, Switzerland

Raphael Nussbaumer, violin
Kateryna Tereshchenko, piano

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