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Morning Concert:
John Adams, 1986

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 119 min
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KPFA

Composer John Adams, who was working on his opera, “Nixon in China”, at the time of this 1986 recording, talks with Charles Amirkhanian about the state of contemporary classical music. Interspersed with this free-ranging conversation are examples of Adams’ music, illustrating the topics discussed. The two also talk about Adams' composition, “Harmonielehre”, which was commissioned and recorded by the San Francisco Symphony under Edo de Waart, and had just received a nomination for a Grammy, in the contemporary music category.

Part 1 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Grand Pianola Music [finale] (1981-82) -- Light Over Water [third movement] (1983) -- [selection composed for the film "Matter of Heart"] (1982)
Performers:  Toronto New Music Society Ensemble (Pianola)
John Adams, conductor (Pianola)
Genres:  New Music; Minimalism
Subject:  Adams, John, 1947-; Jung, C. G. (Carl Gustav), 1875-1961; New music; Choruses (Women's voices) with instrumental ensemble; Synthesizer with brass ensemble; Motion picture music
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Adams, John, 1947-
Recording Date:  2/20/1986
First Broadcast Date:  2/20/1986
 
Part 2 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  The Chairman Dances: foxtrot for orchestra (1985) -- China Gates (1977)
Performers:  Margaret Leng Tan, piano (China Gates)
Genres:  New Music; Minimalism
Subject:  Adams, John, 1947-; New music; Orchestral music; Foxtrots; Minimal music; China -- Politics and culture
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Adams, John, 1947-; Tan, Margaret Leng
Recording Date:  2/20/1986
First Broadcast Date:  2/20/1986
 
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