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Chamber Symphony

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John Adams

John Adams

General Info

Year: 1992
Duration: c. 23:00
Difficulty: VII (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Cost: Score and Parts - Rental    |   Score Only - $43.89


1. Mongrel Airs - 7:45
2. Aria With Walking Bass - 8:10
3. Roadrunner - 5:45


Full Score
Flute (doubling Piccolo)
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II (1st doubling E-flat Soprano Clarinet, 2nd doubling Bass Clarinet)
Bassoon I-II (2nd doubling Contrabassoon)
Horn in F
Trumpet in C
Keyboard Sampler (Yamaha SY-77/SY-99 or Kurzweil K2000/2500)
String Bass
Percussion (1 player on Trap Set), including:

  • Bass Drum (small, with pedal)
  • Snare Drum
  • Cymbals (hi-hat)
  • Wood Block
  • 2 Bongos
  • 3 Tom Toms
  • Roto Toms
  • Tambourine
  • Timbale
  • Conga
  • Claves


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Chamber Symphony was commissioned by the Gerbode Foundation of San Francisco for the San Francisco Contemporary Chamber Players but was premiered by the Schoenberg Ensemble on January 17, 1993 in The Hague. Inspiration for the piece came to the composer while looking over Schoenberg's Chamber Symphony Op. 9 while his son was watching cartoons in the next room. The work contains more dissonance than other works by Adams. He has recently composed a 'sequel' titled Son of Chamber Symphony.

Commercial Discography

State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (Nicholas McGegan, Conductor) - 25 January 2008
  • Oregon Symphony (Gregory Vajda, Conductor) - 2, 3 & 4 February 2008
  • Tokyo Sinfonietta (Yasuaki Itakura, Conductor) 23 February 2008
  • University of Texas-Austin Symphony Orchestra (Dan Welcher, Conductor) - 29 April 2008
  • London Sinfonietta (Diego Masson, Conductor) - 21 June 2008
  • St. Paul Chamber Orchestra - 21 September 2008
  • Asko and Schoenberg Ensembles (Reinbert de Leeuw, Conductor) 9 October 2008
  • Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (Bramwell Tovey, Conductor) 17 May 2009
  • Juilliard School (Jeffrey Milarsky, Conductor) 10 December 2009
  • Phoenix Symphony (Michael Christie, Conductor) 29 & 30 April and 1 May 2009

Works for Winds by This Composer