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Campane di Ravello (1987)
A Celebration Piece for Sir Georg Solti
For orchestra
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Commissioned by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to honor Sir Georg Solti’s 75th birthday

First performed October 9, 1987, by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Kenneth Jean, conductor; Symphony Hall, Chicago, IL

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rent score and parts from G. Schirmer Inc 

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Scored for 3 flutes and piccolo, 3 oboes and english horn, 3 clarinets and bass clarinet, 3 bassoons and contrabassoon, 4 horns, 4 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, percussion (6 players), harp, piano, and strings

Duration  4 minutes

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Recordings
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I Fiamminghi (the Orchestra of Flanders); Rudolf Werthen,conductor Telarc CD-80421 (1996)
The Louisville Orchestra, Lawrence Leighton Smith, conductor First Edition LCD008 (1994)

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Program note

I was asked by the Chicago Symphony to write a short orchestral work to honor Sir Georg Solti’s 75th birthday. During the summer I vacationed in Italy, and stopped in the magnificent hillside town of Ravello. On Sundays, the multitude of churches in Ravello and the surrounding towns play their bells, each in a different key and rhythm. The cacophony is gorgeous, and uniquely festive. My tribute to Sir Georg attempts to make the sections of the symphony orchestra sound like pealing bells: that tolling, filigreed with birdcalls in the woodwinds, provides the backdrop for a theme that grows more and more familiar as it is clarified. At the end, it is clear and joyous – a tribute to a great man.

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                     — John Corigliano

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