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Symphony I, Mvmt II (Corigliano)

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John Corigliano

John Corigliano

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Subtitle: Tarantella

General Info

Year: 1988
Duration: c. 9:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: G. Schirmer
Cost: Score and Parts - Rental


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
English Horn
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Bass Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV-V
Horn in F I-II-III-IV-V-VI
Trombone I-II-III-IV
Euphonium I-II
Tuba I-II
Percussion I-VI

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The second movement [of Symphony No. 1] (Tarantella) was written in memory of a friend who was an executive in the music industry. He was also an amateur pianist, and in 1970 I wrote a set of dances (Gazebo Dances for piano, four hands) for various friends to play, and dedicated the final, tarantella, movement to him. This was a jaunty little piece whose mood, as in many tarantellas, seems to be at odds with its purpose. For the tarantella, as described in Grove’s Dictionary of Music, is a ‘South Italian dance played at a continually increasing speed [and] by means of dancing it a strange kind of insanity [attributed to a tarantula bite] could be cured.’ The association of madness and my piano piece proved both prophetic and bitterly ironic when my friend, whose wit and intelligence were legendary in the music field, became insane as a result of AIDS dementia.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Gershman, J. (2002). "Tarantella" from Symphony No. 1 by John Corigliano : a Transcription for Band [DMA dissertation]. University of Texas: Austin.