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West Coast

Duration:
1 hour
First broadcast:
Monday 03 September 2012

Donald Macleod talks this week to America's most frequently performed living composer, John Adams, about his work. In today's programme they look at pieces influenced by life on the West Coast, from one of his earliest works, Shaker Loops, written in a beach house in San Francisco, to a symphony written in his current studio in the mountains, surrounded by giant redwoods. Adams discusses his reasons for setting out on a journey west, in an unreliable Volkswagen Beetle, from Harvard to California in 1971, and what kept him there - from the dramatic coastline to the cultural life he found there.

Music Played

3 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Image for John Adams
    00:01

    John Adams Shaker loops vers. for string orchestra

    Conductor: John ADAMS Performer: St Luke's Orchestra

    Nonesuch, 7559-749453 -2

  • Image for John Adams
    00:15

    John Adams The Dharma at Big Sur for electric violin and orchestra

    Conductor: John ADAMS Performer: Tracy SILVERMAN - Violin Performer: BBC S O.

    Nonesuch, 59-75857-2

  • Image for John Adams
    00:32

    John Adams Naive and sentimental music for orchestra

    Conductor: Esa-Pekka Salonen Performer: Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra

    Nonesuch, Nonesuch 7559-79636-2, -2

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