A Black November Turkey (1972)
Arranged for string quartet by the composer (2003) x

see also: original version for chorus and piano

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String quartet arrangment first performed March 26, 2003, by the Corigliano Quartet at the American Vanguard Festival, Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA

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Duration  5 minutes

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Recordings
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Corigliano Quartet Naxos 8.559180 (2004)
The Corigliano Quartet recording is also included on the Naxos sampler "Class of '38" Naxos 8.572087 (2008)

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Program note

Composed as companion piece to L’Invitation au Voyage in 1972, A Black November Turkey gets its strange title from a Richard Wilbur poem. This savage barnyard allegory is set against an inane patter of clucking chickens (marked “with bitter sarcasm” in the score), and portrays a sad and endless futility, a celebrated and unnoticed death.

I made this arrangement for the Corigliano Quartet in 2003.

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