John Corigliano's scores, now numbering over one hundred, have won him the Pulitzer Prize, the Grawemeyer Award, four Grammy Awards, and an Academy Award for best score for The Red Violin, a beautifully filmed whodunnit drama about a violin and its effect on various owners throughout several centuries. Joshua Bell plays Anna’s Theme in the video below.
Loretta Dranoff commissioned John for the 1997 Competition; he composed a work for two pianos called Chiarusco, with one instrument tuned a quarter tone different from the other. “I try, in my music, to locate and develop the deep harmony between seemingly disparate materials: exotic and familiar, primitive and sophisticated, old and new. “ A mind that explores juxtapositions would also not be opposed to explore tonal disparities.
Below I have included an archival performance by Ann and Ed Turgeon, narrated by Martin Bookspan.
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The Dranoff 2 Piano Foundation