Episode #13

Splitting Adams: John Adams' Chamber Symphonies

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Composer John Adams (Vern Evans)

What happens when the composer shows up to the first rehearsal of his brand-new piece? Would a living Beethoven sue for intellectual property? Are you the hit, or are you in the hole? For this episode, we collaborated with the 20-member chamber ensemble Alarm Will Sound and its conductor Alan Pierson – with whom we're partnering on the upcoming podcast album Splitting Adams (out April 21 on Cantaloupe Music) – to take a close look at the music of John Adams, specifically his two insanely difficult chamber symphonies. This episode offers unprecedented access to not only to the creative process, but the weird, woolly procedure of putting these massive pieces together.

Heard a piece of music you loved? Discover it here!

1:48—John Adams: Chamber Symphony | Listen | Buy 
2:12—Arnold Schoenberg: Pierrot Lunaire, Mondestrunken | Listen | Buy 
2:29—Richard Strauss: Five Piano Pieces, op. 3: IV, allegro molto | Listen | Buy 
3:08—Ray Noble: The Midnight, The Stars and You | Listen | Buy 
3:13—Busby Berkeley: Hooray for Hollywood | Listen | Buy 
3:55—Louis Armstrong: You're Lucky to Me | Listen | Buy 
4:37—George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue | Listen | Buy 
5:20—John Adams: Chamber Symphony | Listen | Buy 
5:58—John Adams: The Death of Klinghoffer | Buy 
7:30—Arnold Schoenberg: Chamber Symphony | Listen | Buy 
8:53—John Adams: Chamber Symphony | Listen | Buy 
19:10—John Adams: Son of Chamber Symphony | Listen | Buy 
20:46—Danny Elfman: Pee-Wee's Big Adventure, The Breakfast Machine | Listen | Buy 
21:10—John Adams: Son of Chamber Symphony | Listen | Buy 
22:19—John Adams: Son of Chamber Symphony | Listen | Buy 
24:25—Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, mvt. I | Listen | Buy 
24:51—Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, mvt. II | Listen | Buy 
25:00—John Adams: Son of Chamber Symphony | Listen | Buy 
26:01—Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, mvt. II | Listen | Buy 
26:28—John Adams: Son of Chamber Symphony | Listen | Buy 
31:33—John Adams: Fellow Traveler | Listen | Buy 
31:42—John Adams: Nixon in China | Listen | Buy 
31:56—John Adams: Son of Chamber Symphony | Listen | Buy 
32:24—John Adams: Fellow Traveler | Listen | Buy 
32:33—John Adams: Son of Chamber Symphony | Listen | Buy 

Hosted by:

Nadia Sirota

Produced by:

Alexander Overington

Contributors:

Meade Bernard, Hannis Brown and Jon Hanrahan

Comments [1]

Carol from NYC

My question is simple....why?

Why does it have to be "difficult"?

Does that make him a better composer? More intelligent?

Mar. 21 2017 10:21 AM

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