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Adamd this sea-borne behemoth, Adams dreamt that it suddenly took off “like a rocket ship with an enormous force of levitation”. Loading comments… Trouble loading? As Adams himself says, “This is a work that looks to the past in what I suspect is a ‘postmodernist’ spirit, but … it does so entirely without irony.

But the atmosphere of the music’s relationship with these earlier traditions is never cool, detached, or distancing. It’s not even called a symphony, I hear you cry!

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As he says, “in a more traditionally worked-out piece, there would be a modulatory sequence that would present the outcome in a rather dialectical way. And just because something isn’t called a “symphony” doesn’t mean it isn’t one!

Well, maybe, but John Adams’s Harmonielehre is, as I will now attempt to argue, one of the most significant and sophisticated commentaries on and embodiments of symphonic thinking of the late 20th century. But the prospect of a properly symphonic canvas to work on presented a new challenge: Harmonielehre appears in the Modern Era soundtrack of the computer game Civilization IV[6] along with several other pieces by Adams.

The emotional and sensual power it possessed was inescapable. Adams has stated that the aadams was inspired by a dream he had in axams he was driving across the San Francisco—Oakland Bay Bridge and saw an oil tanker on the surface of the water abruptly turn upright and take off like a Saturn V rocket. Achieving that in Harmonielehre meant, for Adams, aping the style and manners of late romantic music, and not just through quasi-quotations.


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Percussion4 players timpani 2 adamss vibraphone bowed and struck xylophone tubular bells crotales bowed and struck glockenspiel 2 suspended cymbals high and low sizzle cymbal small crash cymbals bell tree 2 tamtams 2 actually referred to as “Medium Gong” in the second movement 2 triangles different pitches bass drum Keyboards piano celesta Strings 2 harps string section.

For the book by Heinrich Schenker, see Harmony Schenker. The links harmonieleure powered by Skimlinks. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

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Actually, that’s not quite the right image: Adams’s piece is an attempt to do just that well, in E minor and E flat major…yet as well as its passages adama are clear love-songs to symphonic and Wagnerian late-romanticism, his Harmonielehre “Harmony Lesson”, composed in when Adams was in his late 30sis full of surreal dreams and post-minimalist rhythms, glitter, and energy.

Compositions by John Coolidge Adams. This article contains affiliate links, which means we may earn a small commission if a reader clicks through and makes a purchase. For a start, it’s cast in three large movements, it includes references and reimaginations of Mahler, Sibelius, and Wagner, and for all its diversity of soundworld and musical material, it creates a single musical and dramatic arc in its 40 minutes that is definitively symphonic.

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There was another dream, of Adams’s infant daughter careering round the cosmos on the back of a flying medieval theologian, Meister Eckhardt, which inspired the ethereal music that opens the third movement.


It was desire itself. And through all the craft – the artifice, if you will – of his composition, I ada,s he manages it: But in this case, I simply place the keys together, as if in a mixer, and let them battle it out.

It opens with a battering ram of E minor chords. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Views Read Edit View history. Retrieved from ” https: Harmonielehre is a orchestral composition by the American composer John Adams. In the context of the West Coast of America in the late s and early 80s, Wagner was as harmonislehre as it got.

In a way, it’s a book that’s proof positive of one of Schoenberg’s maxims, that there’s still a lot of great music to be written in C major.

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It’s the same at the end of the piece, in which Adams stages an epic battle between the work’s main keys. By clicking on an affiliate link, you accept that Skimlinks cookies will be set.

Listen to music like the achingly expressive lyrical theme at the centre of the first movement, which apart from the post-minimalist filigree of some of its orchestral decoration, sounds like a theme culled from Mahler’s or Zemlinsky’s or the romantic Schoenberg’s workshop, circa All our journalism is independent and is in no way influenced by any advertiser or commercial initiative. Topics Classical music 50 greatest symphonies.

And finally E-flat wins through its strength, and this moment seems like an epiphany.