Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and hosted by alumni UBC. From his Oscar-winning score for The Red Violin to his opera The Ghosts of Versailles, his acclaimed Symphony No. 3, Circus Maximus, and his Grammy-winning Conjurer: Concerto for Percussionist and String Orchestra, American composer John Corigliano has built one of the richest, most unusual, and most widely celebrated bodies of work of any composer in the last forty years. His “architectural” method of composing has allowed him to forge a strikingly wide range of musical materials into arches of compelling aural logic. Take a look into the mind and method of this internationally-renowned composer.

This event took place November 18, 2016, at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts on UBC’s Vancouver campus.

Speaker Biography

mmmc_corigliano_757x422-560x312John Corigliano continues to add to one of the richest, most unusual, and most widely celebrated bodies of work any composer has created over the last forty years. Corigliano’s scores, now numbering over one hundred, have won him the Pulitzer Prize, the Grawemeyer Award, five Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, and have been performed and recorded by many of the most prominent orchestras, soloists, and chamber musicians in the world.

Recent scores include One Sweet Morning (2011) a four-movement song cycle premiered by the New York Philharmonic and Stephanie Blythe; Conjurer (2008), for percussion and string orchestra, commissioned for and introduced by Dame Evelyn Glennie; Concerto for Violin and Orchestra: The Red Violin (2005), developed from the themes of the score to the film of the same name, which won Corigliano an Oscar in 1999; Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems of Bob Dylan (2000) for orchestra and amplified soprano, the recording of which won a Grammy for Best Contemporary Composition in 2008; Symphony No. 3: Circus Maximus (2004), scored simultaneously for wind orchestra and a multitude of wind ensembles; and Symphony No. 2 (2001 Pulitzer Prize in Music.) Other important scores include String Quartet (1995: Grammy Award, Best Contemporary Composition); Symphony No. 1 (1991: Grawemeyer Award); the opera The Ghosts of Versailles (Metropolitan Opera commission, 1991); and the Clarinet Concerto (1977). The Houston Symphony Orchestra commissioned Corigliano to create a new orchestral version of Stomp which premieres in fall 2015.

In 2015 Los Angeles Opera received wide acclaim for their stunning new production of The Ghosts of Versailles, conducted by James Conlon, staged by Tony Award-winning director Darko Tresnjac and starring Patricia Racette, Christopher Maltman and Patti LuPone.

Corigliano’s music is performed widely on North American and international stages. In recent years his music has been featured in performances throughout the US and Europe, Caracas, Melbourne, Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo, Krakow, Toronto, Bosnia, and beyond.

Corigliano serves on the composition faculty at the Juilliard School of Music and holds the position of Distinguished Professor of Music at Lehman College, City University of New York, which has established a scholarship in his name. His music is published exclusively by G. Schirmer, Inc.

Select Articles and Books Available at UBC Library

Bergman, E. (2013). Of Rage and Remembrance, Music and Memory: The Work of Mourning in John Corigliano’s Symphony No. 1 and Choral Chaconne. American Music, 31(3), 340-361. doi:10.5406/americanmusic.31.3.0340 [Link]

Renthan, C. (2013). “History as it should have been”: Haunts of the historical sublime in John Corigliano’s and William Hoffman’s the Ghosts of Versailles. Twentieth Century Music, 10(2), 249-272. Retrieved from http://ezproxy.library.ubc.ca/login?url=http://search.proquest.com/docview/1586011204?accountid=14656 [Link]

Townsend, A. (2003). John Corigliano’s “A Dylan Thomas Trilogy” The Choral Journal, 44(4), 29-37. Retrieved from http://www.jstor.org/stable/23554579 [Link]

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Students sharing their favourite authors and books.


Thank you for Attending Chat and Chew!

A warm thank you to all students and staff who joined us for UBC Library’s Chat and Chew Library Love event last Friday December 2nd in the IKBLC main foyer. The library booth drew steady traffic, and students enjoyed grabbing a quick snack and posing for a #UBCLibraryLove photoshoot, sharing their favorite library study spaces, books and authors.

UBC Library hosts bi-annual Library Love events in the spring and winter to show support for students as they enter the exam period, and to encourage dialog about library spaces, facilities and services.

Explore some event photos below, and find more on our Facebook page. We look forward to seeing you at our next Library Love event in April 2017!

Students and Staff Showing some UBC Library Love

The General Treaty of Fish, known in French as Traité général des pesches, was written by Henri-Louis Duhamel du Monceau and Jean-Louis De La Marre between 1769 and 1782. It focuses largely on the boats, equipment and techniques of fishermen in France during the era, including fine details about various species of fish. The text focuses primarily on the fishing industry in France.

Henri-Louis Duhamel du Monceau was a well-respected physician, engineer and botanist during France’s Enlightenment era, who was elected to the French Academy of Sciences in 1728. He also founded a school for maritime engineers, and is recognized today as one of the forerunners of modern agronomy. The Traité général des pesches is an important historical work which provides unique insight into the practices around fishing in France during the mid-to-late 18th century.

Enjoy these wonderful images, and click here to explore the entire collection!


Detailed illustrations of line tying


Illustrations depicting the techniques for netting fish


Making nets


Illustration of a Cormorant bird


Processing fish


The Shad fish


Getting fish to market


The Carp fish


Large sailing and cargo ships – includes an image of a birch bark canoe

Okanagan Life reports that work has begun on a new $35-million Teaching and Learning Centre at UBC’s Okanagan campus.

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