John Coolidge Adams, 1986.
Short Ride in a Fast Machine.

John Adams is one of the most memorable American composers of the past few decades. Few great composers can claim to be Harvard grads and the recipient of a Grammy Award.. Adams has 3 of them. His popularity stems from his roots in minimalism, providing the great rhytmic character of his work, which are combined with the broader appeal associated with the harmony of more traditional classical orchestrations.

John Adams has said of Short Ride in a Fast Machine, "You know how it is when someone asks you to ride in a terrific sports car, and then you wish you hadn't?". Adams has that feel down pat. It is a blistering orchestral work characterized by the driving wood block beat and the progression of building chords. It is a joyous fanfare. The horns and percussions are highlighted as the orchestra celebrates life through music. Commissioned by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra under Lorin Maazel, who now directs the New York Philharmonic, for the opening of the Great Woods Festival it is a true musical whirl.

Selected recordings recommended for purchasing:
Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (Conducted by Rattle) version available here.

Artwork by: Nicholas Simmons // After Rothko #7


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March 2, 2007 at 4:57 PM  
Blogger starkey said...

Adams is so hit or miss.... but for some reason I still want to hear everything he puts out.

March 9, 2007 at 3:36 AM  
Blogger callmemickey said...

starkey. adams is my favorite modern composer.. nearly everything by him is at the top of my list... harmoniehlere, the dharma at big sur, short ride, my father knew charles ives...

love it.

March 9, 2007 at 1:57 PM  
Blogger callmemickey said...

oh. and hes conducting his own work (my father knew charles ives and the wound-dresser) with the baltimore symphony october 5th-6th..

March 9, 2007 at 1:58 PM  
Anonymous Becky said...

Great work.

November 10, 2008 at 9:05 AM  

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