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A Black November Turkey (1972)
For chorus x

see also: arrangement for string quartet

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First performed January 20, 1973, by the San Antonio Mastersingers, Roger Melone, conductor; San Antonio, TX

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Duration  5 minutes

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Recording
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William Ferris Chorale; William Ferris, conductor CRI CD659 (1996)

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Program note

Composed as companion piece to L’Invitation au Voyage in 1972, A Black November Turkey gets its strange title from a Richard Wilbur poem. This savage barnyard allegory is set against an inane patter of clucking chickens (marked “with bitter sarcasm” in the score), and portrays a sad and endless futility, a celebrated and unnoticed death.

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                     — John Corigliano

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