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John Adams: Shaker Loops (revised): Orchestra

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COMPOSER: John Adams
PUBLISHER: Associated Music Publishers
PRODUCT FORMAT: Score
Although in its own way an example of 'continuous' music, Shaker Loops differs from most other works of its kind because it sees so much change within a relatively short amount of time. Also it avoids the formal and temporalpurityof much 'minimal' music by not adhering to a single unbending tempo
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Composer John Adams
Publisher Associated Music Publishers
Product Format Score
Genre Classical
Year of Publication 1989
StylePeriodView Description Post 1901
Style Contemporary
ISBN 9781423423348
UPC 073999889345
Instrumentation Orchestra
No. HL50488934
Number of pages 64
Series Study Score
Composer John Adams
Description
Although in its own way an example of 'continuous' music, Shaker Loops differs from most other works of its kind because it sees so much change within a relatively short amount of time. Also it avoids the formal and temporalpurityof much 'minimal' music by not adhering to a single unbending tempo throughout, allowing for a freer movement from one level of energy to another.

The 'loops' are melodic material assigned to the seven instruments,each of adifferent length and which, when heard together, result in a constantly shifting play amongst the parts. The four sections, although they meld together evenly, are really quite distinct, each being characterised by aparticularstyle of string playing. The outside movements are devoted to 'shaking' - fast, tightly rhythmicised, motion of the bow across the strings. The 'slews' of Part 2 are slow, languid glissandi heard floating within analmostmotionless pool of stationary sound, whereas Part 3 is essentially melodic, with cellos playing long, lyrical lines (also loops) against a background of muted violins.
Songlist
  • 1. Shaker Loops
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