Program #2043

In March 2000, nearly 40 years after he made his first records, Bob Dylan was celebrated by the composer John Corigliano, who composed a song cycle for the soprano Sylvia McNair entitled, Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems of Bob Dylan. The 35-minute cycle is based on Dylan's texts, if not his actual songs. The results are often fascinating. "Blowin' in the Wind" incorporates a passacaglia bass figure, "Mr. Tambourine Man" sounds like a fractured minstrel song, while ''Chimes of Freedom" is expanded with tremulous piano sonorities. For comparison's sake, host John Schaefer presents Dylan's original versions alongside the Corigliano remakes.

PROGRAM #2043 Poems of Bob Dylan (First aired on 6/4/02)





Hila Plittman, soprano; Stephen Gosling, piano

Mr. Tambourine Man -
Seven Poems of Bob Dylan

John Corigliano:
Prelude: Mr. Tambourine Man [4:23]
Blowin' In the Wind [6:12]
Masters of War [3:58]
All Along the Watchtower [3:14]
Chimes of Freedom [6:50]
Postlude: Forever Young [4:35]

Not commercially available. For more information on Corigliano, visit Schirmer's website:

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