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John Adams

John Adams

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General Info

Year: 1996 / rev. 1997
Duration: c. 15:00
Difficulty: VII (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Cost: Score and Parts Rental


Full Score
Flute (doubling Piccolo)
Oboe I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II (2nd doubling Bass Clarinet)
Horn in F
Keyboard Sampler
Electric Guitar
Bass Guitar

(Percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This work was composed specifically for Ensemble Modern. The version performed regularly by ensembles such as Alarm Will Sound is the revised 1997 version. The two versions have distinct differences. One example is the opening sections of each. In the most recent version Adams starts the piece with a thinner instrumentation with simpler content. This version extends the introduction rather than starting abruptly as in the first version. It is similar to the Chamber Symphony in the instruments used and the ways they are used. Examples include the use of sporadic dry eighth notes in the brass and sixteenth note runs in the woodwinds. The work is in A-B-A form with an abrupt two beat pause before the last A section. The work ends with a decrescendo to a sustained C in the bass guitar.


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Alarm Will Sound - 18 March 2007
  • London Sinfonietta - 10 May 2006
  • Ensemble Modern (John Adams, conductor) - 13 April 1996 *Premiere Performance*

Works for Winds by This Composer