John Corigliano

John Corigliano

1938 -

Though John Corigliano is most well-known for his expansive compositions for large ensembles, his output for voice includes the song cycle The Cloisters with texts by William M. Hoffman, as well as other various song cycles and individual songs.


Corigliano is an often played and well-decorated American composer. His opera The Ghosts of Versailles of 1987 was the first commission from the Metropolitan Opera since 1967 and won the Composition of the Year Award from the International Music Awards. He has also written three symphonies--the second of which won the Pulitzer Prize. Corigliano's score for the film The Red Violin was nominated for an Academy Award.

Corigliano's cross-over of classical and popular music became even more prominent with his 2000 song cycle Mr. Tambourine Man, which sets the text of Bob Dylan new musical settings. Corigliano has many other song settings, including an early song cycle called Petit Fours and a setting of an English translation of Baudelaire's "L'Invitation au Voyage," as well as more settings of poems by various American poets.

--Christie Finn

Songs & Song Collections BY Corigliano (entered to date)
POETS & Writers Set BY Corigliano (entered to date)

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