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John Luther Adams: The Immeasurable Space Of Tones: Chamber Ensemble

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Instrumentation Violin, Vibraphone, Piano Chamber, Keyboard and Double Bass
Composer John Luther Adams
Publisher Taiga Press

John Luther Adams' The Immeasurable Space Of Tones for Violin, Vibraphone, Piano, sustaining Keyboard and Contrabass. Duration: 30 minutes.

'Number 5, 1950 was Mark Rothko's last painting before the breakthrough into his mature format. In it the luminous color fields of a classic Rothko are inscribed across the middle with three delicate lines.

Describing this painting and its pivotal position in Rothko's work, Brian O'Doherty observes: 'After this, the lines disappear completely.'

In recent years gesture and figuration have disappeared from my music. What used to be background has emerged to become a musical world composed entirely of floating color fields.

In this new world I've changed media, moving from the orchestra to smaller combinations of acoustical instruments and electronically-processed sounds. I still think in orchestral terms, but this hybrid medium allows me to create orchestral textures for more practical and readily available ensembles.

Initially I imagined this as a kind of monolithic music -an entire piece as one rich and complex sound. Then I came to hear it as homophonic or heterophonic. And now -in this musical world that I thought was completely free of lines -I've come to hear a polyphony of harmonic clouds.

Maybe the lines never disappear completely. Maybe Christian Wolff was right when he quipped: 'No matter what we do, sooner or later it all sounds melodic'.' - John Luther Adams

Store Sheet Music & Songbooks
Product Format Score and Parts
EAN 5020679241868
Edition Number CH85987
Catalog No. MUSCH85987
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