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John Corigliano
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Since gaining international attention with his Clarinet Concertoin 1977, John Corigliano has championed a set of musical valuesthat have challenged many accepted norms and have won for him a broad-based popularity. At a time when contemporary art music still gropes for a common language, he offers something for all listeners. Communication with an audience is one of his major concerns. He rejects the premise of the composer as misunderstood artist, affirming that it is the responsibility of composers to reach out to audiences with any means at their disposal and that communication should be the primary goal of music-making. In this context, he recognizes no clear line of demarcation between serious and popular music, maintaining that it is all serious and all popular, in varying degrees.