Adams, John Adams - Shaker Loops / Light Over Water (CD), like other minimalists of his time e. Philip Glassused a steady pulse that defines and controls the music. The pulse was best known from Terry Riley's early composition In Cand slowly more and more composers used it as a common practice.
Jonathan Bernard highlighted this adoption by comparing Phrygian Gateswritten inand Fearful Symmetries written eleven years later in In the late s and early s, Adams started to add a new character to his music, which he called "the Trickster".
The Trickster allowed Adams to use the repetitive style and rhythmic drive of minimalism, yet poke fun at it at the same time. The most critically divisive pieces in Adams's collection are his historical operas.
At first release, Nixon in China received mostly negative press feedback. Donal Henahanwriting in the New York Timescalled the Houston Grand Opera world premiere of the work "worth a few giggles but hardly a strong candidate for the standard repertory" and "visually striking but coy and insubstantial". Robert Hugill for Music and Vision called the production "astonishing The concert, which took place in April at Carnegie Hallwas a celebratory performance of Adams's work on his sixtieth birthday.
Tommasini called Adams a "skilled and dynamic conductor", and noted that the music "was gravely beautiful yet restless". The opera The Death of Klinghoffer has been criticized as antisemitic by some, including by the Klinghoffer family.
Leon Klinghoffer's daughters, Lisa and Ilsa, after attending the opera, released a statement saying: "We are outraged at the exploitation of our parents and the coldblooded murder of our father as the centerpiece of a production that appears to us to be anti-Semitic. After the September 11 attacks inperformances by the Boston Symphony Orchestra of excerpts from Klinghoffer were canceled. BSO managing director Mark Volpe remarked of the decision: "We originally programmed the choruses from John Adams' The Death of Klinghoffer because we believe in it as a work of art, and we still hold that conviction.
I felt that if I said, 'OK, "Klinghoffer" is too hot to handle, do "Harmonium", that in a sense I would be agreeing with the judgment about 'Klinghoffer. A revival by the Metropolitan Opera reignited debate. Former New York City mayor Rudy Giulianiwho marched in protest against the production, wrote: "This work is both a distortion of history and helped, in some ways, to foster a three decade long feckless policy of creating a moral equivalency between the Palestinian Authority, a corrupt terrorist organization, and the state of Israel, a democracy ruled by law.
It is a powerful and important opera. Adams was married to Hawley Currens, a music teacher from to Adams' John Adams - Shaker Loops / Light Over Water (CD) is the composer Samuel Carl Adams.
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The speeches, as transcribed with uncanny accuracy into pitches and rhythms, become another element in the music. John Adams was initially associated with Minimalism. But Mr. The opera has been attacked for what is perceived as its sympathetic depiction of the Palestinian terrorists who murdered Leon Klinghoffer aboard an Italian cruise ship in But the creators think of the opera as a reflective work in John Adams - Shaker Loops / Light Over Water (CD) spirit of the Bach Passions, which mix storytelling and commentary.
The score flows in undulant waves of luminous yet piercing harmonies, with elegiac, melodic writing and violent, searing outbursts. The Danish composer Poul Ruders acknowledges that he has been influenced by Minimalism. The repetitive figurations, jittery thematic lines and obsessive rhythms that abound in his invigorating Violin Concerto No.
Minimalism is a musical art that says very few things over long periods of time. Minimalism, in other words, is user-friendly. It starts unpromisingly, but once the mind attaches itself, the music gathers an adhesive strength. As color and complexity of movement gradually evolve, the paradox of Minimalism sets in: Listeners enter a trancelike involvement but can answer the phone or go to the refrigerator and not miss much at all. Diplomatic ritual is made to dance; political and personal anxieties take on a machinelike tic, John Adams - Shaker Loops / Light Over Water (CD).
Minimalism becomes a dramatic tool, proving its further usefulness. I like the Cage piece precisely because so little happens. It is a slow, calm appropriation of musical space. It is hard to leave the subject of Minimalism without mention of Count Basie, master of the art of leaving out. Minimalism, here as elsewhere, fills time with a minimum of means.
But with the text drawn directly from the Bhagavad-Gita, the story of an epic clan battle, and sung in Sanskrit, the work is also a magnificent oratorio version of this classic Hindu text.
Nearly three decades on, it John Adams - Shaker Loops / Light Over Water (CD) Mr. The remake on Nonesuch is superb, but the way to experience this work is on the DVD. Biblical Psalms and a William Carlos Williams poem about the nuclear age helped him solve that problem. That comment helps define a musical term that has been overused, misunderstood and often rejected by the very composers to whom it is usually applied.
Minimalism can be understood as a form of musical dramaturgy in which the music grows not out of the contrast between linear phrases but from the juxtaposition of building blocks of sound. But the term Minimalism fails to connote the aural richness that can arise even in the early, most repetitive pieces, a richness that is being increasingly mined by the current generation of performers. Minimalism, in its fifth decade, is encountering the same issues of original versus modern instruments that arise with any bygone music.
I like the toughness and aura of what you might call the period instruments of the s, but when it comes to choosing recordings I seem to come down on the side of opulence. It also restores 30 minutes of music that was cut from the original cast recording.
On grounds of completeness alone, not to mention aural beauty, this recording is the one to get; here, the subtly changing kaleidoscope patterns of sound that grow out of the repeated syllables and notes only gain in color and depth.
Steve Reich himself waxes eloquent about Amadinda, a Hungarian percussion ensemble, and its performance of his seminal Music for 18 Musicians, which becomes a feast for the ears in this reading. Having expressed my enthusiasm for Mr.
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