• John Corigliano
  • One Sweet Morning (for male voice and piano) (2005)

  • G Schirmer Inc (World)
  • male voice, pf
  • 5 min

Programme Note

E.Y. "Yip" Harburg

10 October 2007
Thomas Hampson, baritone
Craig Rutenberg, piano
Manhattan School of Music
New York, NY

The composer writes about the text of the choral version of One Sweet Morning:
In searching for a text, I came across E. Y. (Yip) Harburg's Rhymes for the Irreverent: two small volumes of poems by the lyricist of the film "The Wizard of Oz," the musical Brigadoon, and many other timeless works. Harburg was a very political poet. He was most often very funny, but occasionally wrote poems of transcendental beauty like "One Sweet Morning."

This anti-war poem looks forward to "one sweet morning" when, "out of the flags and the bones buried under the clover," "spring will bloom"..."peace will come."

— John Corigliano

Related Works:
   One Sweet Morning (for voice and orchestra)
   One Sweet Morning (for female voice and piano)
   One Sweet Morning (for chorus and piano)


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