One Sweet Morning – John Corigliano’s piece in a new version for Martin Grubinger and Thomas Hampson
6th July 2015
One Sweet Morning was originally written for mezzo-soprano and orchestra, and is a piece for commemorating the 10th anniversary of 9/11.
Words are essential in this work. While thinking about the concept of his composition on 9/11, John Corigliano was wondering how one can “hear music of any dramatic surges without imagining these events accompanying the music—or vice versa?” He wrote: “Inevitably, the piece would become a tone poem of that unimaginable day – something I never intended and did not want. Yet how could I instruct the audience to ignore their own memories?” So Corigliano decided to write a piece with words to get other images “both to refute and complement the all-too-vivid ones we’d bring with us into the concert hall.”
The original version is still awaiting its European Premiere.
July 20. 2015 | Laeiszhalle, Hamburg | Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival (world premiere)
October 22, 2015 | Gasteig, Munich
October 23, 2015 | Wiener Konzerthaus, Vienna
October 25, 2015 | Teatro alla Scala, Milano