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Voyage (from L'Invitation au Voyage,1971)
Arranged by the composer for flute and string orchestra (1983)
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see also: original version L'Invitation au Voyage (a cappella chorus), version for flute and string quintet, version for string orchestra, version for flute and harp, and version for flute and piano

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First performed November 22, 1983, by James Galway, flute, with the London Symphony Orchestra, Myung-Whun Chung, conductor; London, UK

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Duration  8 minutes

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Recordings
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James Galway, flute, with the Eastman Philharmonia Philharmonia; David Effron, conductor RCA 63711 (2000)
Paul Edmond Davies, flute, with I Fiamminghi (the
Orchestra of Flanders); Rudolf Werthen,conductor
Telarc CD-80421 (1996)

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Program note

Voyage for flute and string orchestra (1983) 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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