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Voyage (from L'Invitation au Voyage,1971)
Arranged by the composer string orchestra (1976)
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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 flute and harp, and version for flute and piano

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First performed April 22, 1977, by the Rockland County Youth String Orchestra, Mary Canberg, conductor; Rockland County, NY

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Duration  8 minutes

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Recordings
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Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra; Scott Yu, conductor Albany Records 194 (1996)

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Program note

Voyage string orchestra (1976) is an instrumental version of a 1971 a cappella choral work that was a setting of Richard Wilbur's translation of Baudelaire's famous L'Invitation au voyage. 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."

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                     — John Corigliano

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