Voyage (from L'Invitation au Voyage,1971)
Arranged for flute and harp by Valerie von Péchy Whitcup (1988)
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see also: original version L'Invitation au Voyage (a cappella chorus), version for flute and string quintet, version for flute and string orchestra, version for string orchestra, and version for flute and piano

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First performed July 26, 1993, by Charles Delaney, flute, and Valerie Von Pechy Whitcup, harp; The Church of the Good Shepherd; Cashiers, NC

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Duration  8 minutes

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Program note

In 1971 I set Richard Wilbur's translation of Baudelaire's famous L'Invitation au voyage for a cappella chorus. Wilbur's poignant setting pictures a world of obsessive imagination — a drugged version of heaven full of sensual imagery. The music echoes the quality of the repeated refrain found in this lush translation: "There, there is nothing else but grace and measure, richness, quietness and pleasure."

This version for flute and harp is derived from the arrangement I made for flute and string orchestra in 1983.

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                     — John Corigliano

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