• John Corigliano
  • And the People Stayed Home (for soprano) (2020)

  • G Schirmer Inc (World)
  • Soprano
  • 5 min
  • Catherine M. O'Meara
  • English

Programme Note

Composer note
A few weeks ago my cousin forwarded And the People Stayed Home to me. I was deeply moved by the beautiful and meaningful text by Kitty O'Meara. It brought to mind my many friends who are living alone and isolated from physical contact with anyone, but the text also imagines a transition through this isolation to a better and more humane world. I felt the urge to set this poem to music, and I envisioned the performer as a single person at home, singing without accompaniment and without the glamorous setting or technical effects that such a document could entail.

I contacted Renée Fleming, one of the greatest artists in the world, and she immediately understood what to do. She already knew the poem, and was able to use her extraordinary voice to project both its simplicity and its intensity, while recording the performance on her iPad in her home. It could not have been done better.

— John Corigliano


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