The John Adams Reader: Essential Writings on an American Composer

The John Adams Reader: Essential Writings on an American Composer

by Thomas May
     
 

(Amadeus). The John Adams Reader: Essential Writings on an American Composer gathers a colorful and wide-ranging selection of pieces from leading musical commentators and critics. Included are revealing interviews with the composer as well as eloquent essays by Ingram Marshall, Michael Steinberg, Alex Ross, Sarah Cahill, Alan Rich, and many others. Editor Thomas… See more details below

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(Amadeus). The John Adams Reader: Essential Writings on an American Composer gathers a colorful and wide-ranging selection of pieces from leading musical commentators and critics. Included are revealing interviews with the composer as well as eloquent essays by Ingram Marshall, Michael Steinberg, Alex Ross, Sarah Cahill, Alan Rich, and many others. Editor Thomas May has grouped this collection into four sections: profiles of the artist (including a fascinating memory piece from Ingram Marshall on Adams's early San Francisco years), detailed essays on the major works, interviews with some leading collaborators and interpreters, and critical reception. This reader should be of use both as an introduction for the general reader to a preeminently significant American artist and as a reference for the more serious student or scholar.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781574671322
Publisher:
Hal Leonard Corporation
Publication date:
06/15/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
455
Product dimensions:
6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.38(d)

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Table of Contents

John Adams reflects on his career2
The harmonist29
On top, but ever the risk-taker45
Composer captures essence of today53
Voice of America : composer John Adams speaks for the nation59
Life as music : John Adams goes public63
Ingram Marshall on the early years in San Francisco67
Shaker loops (1978; revised 1983)74
Harmonium for large orchestra and chorus (1980-81)80
Grand pianola music (1982)89
Light over water : the genesis of a music (1983)91
Harmonielehre (1984-85)101
The chairman dances (1985)106
Short ride in a fast machine (1986)108
Nixon in China (1985-87)110
Fearful symmetries and the wound-dresser (1988)120
The death of Klinghoffer (1990-91)127
El Dorado (1991)143
Chamber symphony (1992)149
Violin concerto (1993)151
Gnarly buttons (1996)158
Century rolls (1996)160
Naive and sentimental music : a sentimental journey (1997-98)163
El Nino : a nativity oratorio (1999-2000)171
John Adams on El Nino and vernacular elements183
Memory spaces (on the transmigration of souls) (2002)189
John Adams discusses on the transmigration of souls196
My father knew Charles Ives (2003)205
The dharma at Big Sur (2003)209
John Adams on Doctor Atomic (2004-05)219
Creating contexts : Peter Sellars on working with Adams238
Breaking taboos (portrait of Alice Goodman)249
Robert Spano on conducting the music of Adams258
John Adams on conducting Ives264
Emanuel Ax on performing Adams's piano concerto271
Dawn Upshaw on singing in El Nino276
Early works282
Mischief (grand pianola music)286
Nixon in China288
Nixon in China294
The Klinghoffer debate299
From an episode of terrorism, Adams's death of Klinghoffer313
Seeking symmetry between Palestinians and Jews317
Seeking answers in an opera321
Dept. of raw nerves : hijack opera scuttled328
Music's dangers and the case for control331
Born again (film of The death of Klinghoffer)340
Something to say (violin concerto)343
I was looking at the ceiling and then I saw the sky345
Adams, Sellars think smaller in new opera (I was looking at the ceiling and then I saw the sky)350
Adams's twentieth century rolls - and rocks (century rolls)355
Bigger proves better in Adams's grandiose world (naive and sentimental music)359
Rebirth of a savior in El Nino362
Washed in the sound of souls in transit (on the transmigration of souls)365
The art of 9/11368
Symphony premieres Adams's splendid Ives376
History's unholy trinity (Doctor Atomic)379
Learning to love the bomb (Doctor Atomic)382
Aspects of John Adams's music : floating elegies and music boxes386
App. A"Rumor scene" from the death of Klinghoffer397
App. BSynopsis : I was looking at the ceiling and then I saw the sky407
App. CSynopsis : Doctor Atomic413
App. DThe complete works of John Adams419

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