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Wide Open Spaces

Donald Macleod explores John Adams's music inspired by travelling through the American landscape.

Donald Macleod's guest this week, John Adams, has said of his music that 'in a sense, all of my pieces are travel pieces - it's the way I experience musical form'. Today, the composer talks about some of his journeys in sound, about comparisons that have been made between himself and Copland, and about the health of American contemporary music. And we hear a piece named after an actual truck stop high up in the Sierra Nevada in California: Hallelujah Junction.

1 hour

Music Played

  • John Adams

    Road movies for violin and piano

    Performer: John NOVACEK (1964) - Piano Performer: Leila JOSEFOWICZ - Violin

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  • John Adams

    Hallelujah junction for two pianos

    Performer: Nicolas HODGES - Piano Performer: Rolf HIND - Piano

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  • John Adams

    Fearful symmetries

    Conductor: John ADAMS (1947) Performer: St Luke's Orchestra

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  • John Adams

    Road Movies mvt 2: Meditative

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  • John Adams

    Hallelujah Junction

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  • John Adams

    Fearful Symmetries

    • Nonesuch.
  • John Adams

    Road Movies mvt 2: Meditative

    • Nonesuch.
  • John Adams

    Hallelujah Junction

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  • John Adams

    Fearful Symmetries

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