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Campane di Ravello (1987)
A Celebration Piece for Sir Georg Solti
For orchestra


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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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



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


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.

                     — John Corigliano

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