City Noir is a symphonic work by the composer John Adams. A primary inspiration for the piece is the work of historian Kevin Starr on urban California in the late 1940s and early 1950s. The composer characterizes the work as "jazz-inflected symphonic music", citing the French composer Darius Milhaud as originator of this trend. It has a duration of 35 minutes, features solos for alto saxophone, trumpet, trombone, horn, viola, and double bass, and has three movements:
The piece was co-commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, the London Symphony Orchestra in association with Cité de la Musique, the Zaterdag Matinee and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. It received its first public performance by the Los Angeles Philharmonic on October 8, 2009, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, with Carrie Dennis (viola), Timothy McAllister (alto saxophone), William Lane (horn), Donald Green (trumpet), and James Miller (trombone) playing the prominent solo parts. This concert was filmed and subsequently televised internationally and released on DVD and digital download by Deutsche Grammophon.
Performances & Interviews
- John Adams: City Noirhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01s4cw5.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01s4cw5.jpg2013-12-12T21:02:00.000ZStephen Johnson explores the dark, jazz-inflected world of John Adams's orchestral paean to the film noir, and post-war Hollywood.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/b03kpdhg
John Adams: City NoirStephen Johnson explores the dark, jazz-inflected world of John Adams's orchestral paean to the film noir, and post-war Hollywood.