The song cyclette Petit Fours was composed in 1959 by John Corigliano for Voice and Piano, based on the four poems by Robert Herrick, Ogden Nash, Aloysius Bertrand and Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Contents: The Ancient Mariner, The Turtle, Une Allee Luxembourg and Upon Julia's Clothes.
One of contemporary music's most distinguished composers, John Corigliano has infused classical music with new life by engaging an unusually broad audience. The only person to have won two Grammy Awards for Best Contemporary Classical Composition, he has also received three other Grammy Awards, the 2001 Pulitzer Prize in Music for his Symphony No. 2, the 2000 Academy Award for his score for The Red Violin (his third film score), and the 1991 Grawemeyer Award for Best New Orchestral Composition, for his Symphony No. 1.