The Info List - John Corigliano

John Paul Corigliano[1] (born 16 February 1938) is an American composer of classical music. His scores, now numbering over one hundred, have won him the Pulitzer Prize, five Grammy Awards, Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition, and an Oscar. He is a distinguished professor of music at Lehman College
Lehman College
and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York
City University of New York
and on the composition faculty at the Juilliard School.


1 Biography

1.1 Before 1964 1.2 1964–1987 1.3 1987–present

2 Music 3 Awards 4 References 5 External links

Biography[edit] Before 1964[edit] The Italian-American Corigliano was born in New York City
New York City
to a musical family. His father, John Paul Corigliano Sr., was concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic
New York Philharmonic
for 23 years, and his mother, Rose Buzen, is an accomplished educator and pianist.[2] Corigliano attended P.S. 241 and Midwood High School in Brooklyn.[3] He studied composition at Columbia University (BA 1959)[4] and at the Manhattan School of Music. He studied with Otto Luening,[2] Vittorio Giannini, and Paul Creston. Before achieving success as composer, Corigliano worked as assistant to the producer on the Leonard Bernstein
Leonard Bernstein
Young People's Concerts and as a session producer for classical artists such as André Watts. 1964–1987[edit] Corigliano first came to prominence in 1964 when, at the age of 26, his Sonata for Violin and Piano (1963) was the only winner of the chamber-music competition of the Spoleto Festival in Italy.[5] In 1970, Corigliano teamed up with David Hess to create The Naked Carmen. In a recent communication with David Hess, Hess acknowledged that The Naked Carmen
was originally conceived by Corigliano and himself as a way to update the most popular opera of our time (Carmen). Mercury Records wanted the classical and popular divisions to work together and after a meeting with Joe Bott, Scott Mampe and Bob Reno, it was decided to proceed with the project. In Hess's own words, the project was "a collective decision".[this quote needs a citation] After he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, Corigliano began teaching at the Manhattan School of Music
Manhattan School of Music
and became a music faculty member at Lehman College. He credits his first two concerti for solo wind for both changing his art and his career. It was during the composition of his Oboe Concerto (1975) and especially his Clarinet Concerto (1977) that he first used an "architectural" method of composing. In 1974, he wrote his first film score for the documentary A Williamsburg Sampler. He later wrote the score for Altered States (1980) and his third film score for Revolution (1985). The award-winning score for Revolution is one of Corigliano's most impressive creations, although it is less known, as it was never released in any recorded format;[6] it has existed in a bootleg form until Varese Sarabande officially released the score for a limited time in December 2009 through their CD club, and then as a regular release in 2010.[7] Corigliano later used portions of the score in his first symphony. For flutist James Galway
James Galway
he composed his third wind concerto, titled Pied Piper Fantasy, which premiered with the Los Angeles Philharmonic (1982). In 1984, he became Distinguished Professor of Music at Lehman College and left his position at Manhattan School of Music
Manhattan School of Music
in 1986. 1987–present[edit] In 1987, Corigliano was the first composer ever to serve as Composer-in-Residence for the Chicago Symphony
Orchestra. During his residency, he composed his first symphony, which was inspired by the AIDS epidemic
AIDS epidemic
and to honor the friends he lost. His first symphony won him the University of Louisville
University of Louisville
Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition in 1991 and his first Grammy Award for Best Classical Contemporary Composition in 1992.[8] Corigliano's first and only opera, The Ghosts of Versailles, was the Metropolitan Opera's first commission in nearly three decades, celebrating the company's 100 anniversary. The opera was a huge success at the premiere and received the International Classic Music Awards Composition of the Year award in 1992.[5] In 1991, Corigliano became faculty member at the Juilliard School. In 1995, he was commissioned to write String Quartet (1995) by Lincoln Center for the Cleveland Quartet, which won him his second Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Classical Composition. Corigliano's fourth film score was for François Girard's The Red Violin
The Red Violin
(1997) which won him his second Academy Award nominations and the 1999 Oscar for best film score. Portions of the score were used in his violin concerto (2003), written for Joshua Bell, who premiered it on September 19, 2003 with the Baltimore Symphony
Orchestra. In 2001, he received the Pulitzer Prize for his Symphony
No. 2 (2001). In 2011, Corigliano's song cycle One Sweet Morning premiered at Avery Fisher Hall by mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe
Stephanie Blythe
and the New York Philharmonic, to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks.[9][10] Other important commissions have been Chiaroscuro (1997) for two pianos tuned a quarter tone apart for The Dranoff International Two Piano Foundation, Vocalise (1999) for the New York Philharmonic, Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems of Bob Dylan (2003) which earned him his third Grammy Award, Symphony
No. 3 Circus Maximus (2004) for the University of Texas Wind Ensemble, STOMP (2011) written for the 2011 Tchaikovsky Competition
Tchaikovsky Competition
in Russia, and Conjurer (2008) commissioned by an international consortium of six orchestras for Evelyn Glennie
Evelyn Glennie
and winning him his fifth Grammy Award.[11] Among Corigliano's students are David Sampson, Eric Whitacre,[12] Elliot Goldenthal, Edward Knight, Nico Muhly,[10] Roger Bergs, Gary Kulesha, Scott Glasgow, John Mackey, Michael Bacon, Avner Dorman, Mason Bates, Steven Bryant, Jefferson Friedman, Jamie Howarth, Dinuk Wijeratne and David Ludwig. In 1996, The Corigliano Quartet was founded, taking his name in tribute.[13] Music[edit] See also: List of compositions by John Corigliano Most of Corigliano's work has been for symphony orchestra. He employs a wide variety of styles, sometimes even within the same work, but aims to make his work accessible to a relatively large audience. Many of his works have been performed and recorded by some of the most prominent orchestras, soloists, and chamber musicians in the world. He has written symphonies, as well as works for string orchestra, wind band, concerti, chamber and solo pieces, opera, as well as for film. Corigliano's most distinguished works include his Clarinet Concerto (1977), Symphony
No. 1 (1988), The Ghosts of Versailles (1991), Symphony
No. 2 for string orchestra (2000), Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems of Bob Dylan (2000), and his score for the film The Red Violin (1998). His clarinet concerto is the first by an American composer to have entered the standard repertoire since Aaron Copland's clarinet concerto.[14] Awards[edit]

1991 – University of Louisville
University of Louisville
Grawemeyer Award for Symphony
No. 1[8] 1991 – Grammy Award for Best Classical Contemporary Composition for Symphony
No. 1 1997 – Grammy Award for Best Classical Contemporary Composition for String Quartet 1999 – Academy Award for Original Music Score for The Red Violin 2001 – Pulitzer Prize
Pulitzer Prize
for Music for Symphony
No. 2 2009 – Grammy Award for Best Classical Contemporary Composition for Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems of Bob Dylan 2009 – Grammy Award for Best Classical Vocal Performance for Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems of Bob Dylan 2014 – Grammy Award for Best Classical Instrumental Solo for Conjurer: Concerto For Percussionist & String Orchestra


^ "John Paul Corigliano facts, information, pictures".  ^ a b "C250 Celebrates John Corigliano". C250.columbia.edu. Retrieved 28 April 2012.  ^ Kozinn, Allan (March 26, 1999). "Decades in the Making, John Corigliano's 'Dylan Thomas' Gets Its Premiere". The New York Times. Retrieved 28 April 2012.  ^ McGinnis, Mara. "The Music of Communion". Columbia Magazine. Retrieved 28 April 2012.  ^ a b "About John Corigliano". Coriglianoquartet.com. Retrieved 28 July 2013.  ^ " John Corigliano Awards" (PDF). The Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency, Inc. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-02-27. Retrieved 2007-08-27.  ^ [1] Archived May 31, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. ^ a b "1991 - John Corigliano". Grawemeyer.org. 23 April 1991. Archived from the original on 18 March 2014. Retrieved 28 July 2013.  ^ Kozinn, Allan (23 September 2011). "John Corigliano's New Work Commemorates 9/11". The New York Times.  ^ a b Ross, Alex (November 28, 2011). "The Long Haul: Nico Muhly's first two operas". The New Yorker. Retrieved May 23, 2015.  ^ "Albany Symphony
wins classical music Grammy". The Daily Gazette. January 27, 2014. Retrieved May 15, 2016.  ^ Camphouse, Mark (2004). Composers On Composing For Band, Volume 2. GIA Publications. pp. 253–262. ISBN 9781579993856.  ^ Cantrell, Scott (July 10, 2005). "On the Outside Looking In: Gay Composers Gave America Its Music". The Dallas Morning News. Archived from the original on November 24, 2006. Retrieved March 19, 2007.  ^ Yvonne Frindle, "An American composer", ABC Radio 24 Hours, February 1997, p. 40

External links[edit]

Official website of John Corigliano John Corigliano at Encyclopædia Britannica John Corigliano on IMDb John Corigliano (December 9, 2004). "The Gospel According to John Corigliano". NewMusicBox (Interview). Interview with Frank J. Oteri (published February 1, 2005).  John Corigliano biography at G. Schirmer Two Interviews with John Corigliano by Bruce Duffie 1987 & 2004 Sony BMG Masterworks' John Corigliano Podcast Classical Archives Interview David Dubal interview with John Corigliano on YouTube, WNCN-FM, February 16, 1981

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The Ghosts of Versailles (1991)


No. 1 (1989) Symphony
No. 2 (2000) Symphony
No. 3 (2004)


Piano Concerto (1968) Oboe Concerto (1975) Clarinet Concerto (1977) Pied Piper Fantasy (1982) Conjurer (2007)

Other compositions

Elegy (1965) Campane di Ravello (1987) Vocalise (1999) The Mannheim Rocket (2000) One Sweet Morning (2010)

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The Red Violin
The Red Violin

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Academy Award for Best Original Score


Louis Silvers
Louis Silvers
(1934) Max Steiner
Max Steiner
(1935) Leo F. Forbstein
Leo F. Forbstein
(1936) Charles Previn
Charles Previn
(1937) Erich Wolfgang Korngold/Alfred Newman (1938) Herbert Stothart/Richard Hageman, W. Franke Harling, John Leipold, Leo Shuken (1939)


Leigh Harline, Paul J. Smith, Ned Washington/Alfred Newman (1940) Bernard Herrmann/ Frank Churchill and Oliver Wallace (1941) Max Steiner/ Ray Heindorf and Heinz Roemheld (1942) Alfred Newman/ Ray Heindorf (1943) Max Steiner/ Morris Stoloff and Carmen
Dragon (1944) Miklós Rózsa/ Georgie Stoll (1945) Hugo Friedhofer/ Morris Stoloff (1946) Miklós Rózsa/Alfred Newman (1947) Brian Easdale/ Johnny Green
Johnny Green
and Roger Edens (1948) Aaron Copland/ Roger Edens and Lennie Hayton (1949)


Franz Waxman/ Adolph Deutsch and Roger Edens (1950) Franz Waxman/ Johnny Green
Johnny Green
and Saul Chaplin (1951) Dimitri Tiomkin/Alfred Newman (1952) Bronisław Kaper/Alfred Newman (1953) Dimitri Tiomkin/ Adolph Deutsch and Saul Chaplin (1954) Alfred Newman/Robert Russell Bennett, Jay Blackton and Adolph Deutsch (1955) Victor Young/Alfred Newman and Ken Darby (1956) Malcolm Arnold (1957) Dimitri Tiomkin/Andre Previn (1958) Miklós Rózsa/Andre Previn and Ken Darby (1959)


Ernest Gold/ Morris Stoloff and Harry Sukman (1960) Henry Mancini/Saul Chaplin, Johnny Green, Sid Ramin and Irwin Kostal (1961) Maurice Jarre/ Ray Heindorf (1962) John Addison/Andre Previn (1963) Richard M. Sherman
Richard M. Sherman
and Robert B. Sherman/Andre Previn (1964) Maurice Jarre/ Irwin Kostal (1965) John Barry/ Ken Thorne (1966) Elmer Bernstein/Alfred Newman and Ken Darby (1967) John Barry/ Johnny Green
Johnny Green
(1968) Burt Bacharach/ Lennie Hayton and Lionel Newman (1969)


Francis Lai/ The Beatles
The Beatles
(John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr) (1970) Michel Legrand/ John Williams
John Williams
(1971) Charlie Chaplin, Raymond Rasch and Larry Russell/ Ralph Burns
Ralph Burns
(1972) Marvin Hamlisch/ Marvin Hamlisch
Marvin Hamlisch
(1973) Nino Rota
Nino Rota
and Carmine Coppola/ Nelson Riddle
Nelson Riddle
(1974) John Williams/ Leonard Rosenman
Leonard Rosenman
(1975) Jerry Goldsmith/ Leonard Rosenman
Leonard Rosenman
(1976) John Williams/ Jonathan Tunick (1977) Giorgio Moroder/ Joe Renzetti (1978) Georges Delerue/ Ralph Burns
Ralph Burns


Michael Gore (1980) Vangelis
(1981) John Williams/ Henry Mancini
Henry Mancini
and Leslie Bricusse (1982) Bill Conti/Michel Legrand, Alan and Marilyn Bergman (1983) Maurice Jarre/Prince (1984) John Barry (1985) Herbie Hancock
Herbie Hancock
(1986) Ryuichi Sakamoto, David Byrne
David Byrne
and Cong Su (1987) Dave Grusin
Dave Grusin
(1988) Alan Menken
Alan Menken


John Barry (1990) Alan Menken
Alan Menken
(1991) Alan Menken
Alan Menken
(1992) John Williams
John Williams
(1993) Hans Zimmer
Hans Zimmer
(1994) Luis Enríquez Bacalov/ Alan Menken
Alan Menken
and Stephen Schwartz (1995) Gabriel Yared/ Rachel Portman (1996) James Horner/ Anne Dudley
Anne Dudley
(1997) Nicola Piovani/ Stephen Warbeck (1998) John Corigliano (1999)


Tan Dun
Tan Dun
(2000) Howard Shore
Howard Shore
(2001) Elliot Goldenthal
Elliot Goldenthal
(2002) Howard Shore
Howard Shore
(2003) Jan A. P. Kaczmarek
Jan A. P. Kaczmarek
(2004) Gustavo Santaolalla
Gustavo Santaolalla
(2005) Gustavo Santaolalla
Gustavo Santaolalla
(2006) Dario Marianelli (2007) A. R. Rahman
A. R. Rahman
(2008) Michael Giacchino
Michael Giacchino


Trent Reznor
Trent Reznor
and Atticus Ross
Atticus Ross
(2010) Ludovic Bource
Ludovic Bource
(2011) Mychael Danna (2012) Steven Price (2013) Alexandre Desplat
Alexandre Desplat
(2014) Ennio Morricone
Ennio Morricone
(2015) Justin Hurwitz
Justin Hurwitz
(2016) Alexandre Desplat
Alexandre Desplat

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Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition laureates

Witold Lutosławski
Witold Lutosławski
(1985) György Ligeti
György Ligeti
(1986) Harrison Birtwistle
Harrison Birtwistle
(1987) Chinary Ung (1989) Joan Tower (1990) John Corigliano (1991) Krzysztof Penderecki
Krzysztof Penderecki
(1992) Karel Husa (1993) Tōru Takemitsu
Tōru Takemitsu
(1994) John Adams (1995) Ivan Tcherepnin (1996) Simon Bainbridge (1997) Tan Dun
Tan Dun
(1998) Thomas Adès
Thomas Adès
(2000) Pierre Boulez
Pierre Boulez
(2001) Aaron Jay Kernis (2002) Kaija Saariaho
Kaija Saariaho
(2003) Unsuk Chin (2004) George Tsontakis (2005) György Kurtág
György Kurtág
(2006) Sebastian Currier (2007) Peter Lieberson (2008) Brett Dean (2009) York Höller (2010) Louis Andriessen
Louis Andriessen
(2011) Esa-Pekka Salonen
Esa-Pekka Salonen
(2012) Michel van der Aa (2013) Đuro Živković (2014) Hans Abrahamsen (2016) Andrew Norman (2017) Bent Sørensen (2018)

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Pulitzer Prize
Pulitzer Prize
for Music (2001–2010)

John Corigliano ('01): Symphony
No. 2 Henry Brant ('02): Ice Field John Adams ('03): On the Transmigration of Souls Paul Moravec ('04): Tempest Fantasy Steven Stucky
Steven Stucky
('05): Second Concerto for Orchestra Yehudi Wyner ('06): Chiavi in Mano Ornette Coleman
Ornette Coleman
('07): Sound Grammar David Lang ('08): The Little Match Girl Passion Steve Reich
Steve Reich
('09): Double Sextet Jennifer Higdon ('10): Violin Concerto

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