Of Rage and Remembrance (1991)
For mezzo soprano, boy soprano, men's chorus, and chamber ensemble
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see also Symphony No. 1

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Commissioned by the gay men's choruses of Seattle, New York, and San Francisco.

First performed March 29, 1991, by the Seattle Men’s Chorus, Seattle, WA

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Scored for mezzo soprano, boy soprano, men's chorus with 12 chimes, 8 cellos, and 4 double basses.

Duration  17 minutes

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Recordings
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Michelle DeYoung, mezzo soprano, with the Oratorio Society and Choral Arts Society of Washington and the National Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin, conductor RCA Victor (BMG) 09026-68450-2 (1996)

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Program note

I was extremely moved when I first saw "The Quilt," an ambitious interweaving of several thousand fabric panels, each memorializing a person who had died of AIDS, and, most importantly, each designed and constructed by his or her loved ones. This made me want to memorialize in music those I had lost, and to reflect on those I was still losing. The result was my Symphony No. 1 (commissioned by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra), the third movement of which fuses a tense and heartbroken poem by my friend and collaborator (The Cloisters, the Ghosts of Versailles), the poet and playwright William M. Hoffman, to a litany of names of men lost to AIDS.

Of Rage and Remembrance is a reimagining of that movement as a ritual for community chorus. In it, AIDS is not only context but also content: Of Rage and Remembrance cannot be performed abstractly, as just another piece in the choral repertoire. Its audience is not really the audience for choral music; its audience is the community blighted by AIDS. That it now attracts a larger audience is beside the point: rarely has posterity seemed so irrelevant to me.

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                     — John Corigliano

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