A Black November Turkey




Arranged for string quartet by the composer (2003)
2-8 players



2-8 players



5 minutes

commissioned by


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

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


Class of 38: Coates Corigliano, Serebrier, Rzewski, Harbison, Tower, Bolcom, Wuorinen

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Corigliano: String Quartets

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Early Works

William Ferris Chorale; William Ferris, conductor

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