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Well, maybe, but John Adams’s Harmonielehre is, as I will now attempt to argue, one of the most significant and sophisticated commentaries on and embodiments of symphonic thinking of the late 20th century. The next morning, Adams conceived the opening of the piece, the explosive propellant for his own symphonic rocket, which was a commission from the San Francisco Symphony for a large-scale work.

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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. It’s not even called a symphony, I hear you cry! It’s the same at the end of the piece, in which Adams stages an epic battle between the work’s main keys.

Actually, that’s not quite the right image: And just because something isn’t called a “symphony” doesn’t mean it isn’t one! It also appears on the I Am Love soundtrack. Views Read Edit View history. But the atmosphere of the music’s relationship with these earlier traditions is never cool, detached, or harmonielebre.

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The composition’s title, German for “study of harmony,” is also the title of several music theory texts, including those written by Arnold SchoenbergHeinrich Schenkerand Hugo Riemannwith Adams explicitly referring to Schoenberg’s. Compositions by John Coolidge Adams compositions Compositions for symphony orchestra Minimalistic compositions. Meister Eckhardt and Quackie. And finally E-flat wins through its strength, and this moment seems like an epiphany. Until the dream, Adams was in the throes of writer’s block, a scarring experience that the slow second movement, The Anfortas Wound, commemorates and transcends: In the context of the West Coast of America in the late s and early 80s, Wagner was as uncool as it got.


And through all the craft – the artifice, if you will – of his composition, I think he manages it: Loading comments… Trouble loading? This article contains affiliate links, which means we may earn a small commission if a reader clicks through and makes a purchase. There are two other catalysts for the composition of Harmonielehre. It opens with a battering ram of E minor chords.

Webarchive template wayback links All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from April Watching this sea-borne behemoth, Adams dreamt that it suddenly took off “like a rocket ship with an enormous force of levitation”.

The links are powered by Skimlinks. Adams’s reputation as a young composer was founded on the way he had taken the example of Steve Reich and Philip Glass’s as the inspiration for his own resuscitation of tonality, most notably in Shaker Loops and the ecstatic choral writing of Harmonium. Topics Classical music 50 greatest symphonies. For a start, it’s cast in three large movements, it includes references and reimaginations of Mahler, Sibelius, and Wagner, and for all its diversity of soundworld and musical material, it creates a single musical and dramatic arc in its 40 minutes that is definitively symphonic.

The other was the epiphany of Adams’s relationship with late romanticism, and especially Wagner. The emotional and sensual power it possessed was inescapable.


Percussion4 players timpani 2 marimbas vibraphone bowed and struck xylophone tubular bells crotales bowed and struck glockenspiel 2 suspended cymbals high and low sizzle cymbal small crash cymbals bell tree 2 tamtams 2 actually referred to as “Medium Gong” in the second movement 2 triangles different pitches bass drum Keyboards piano celesta Strings 2 harps string section.

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For the book by Heinrich Schenker, see Harmony Schenker. It was desire itself. Adams’s piece is an attempt to do just that well, in E minor and E flat major…yet as well as its passages that are clear love-songs to symphonic and Wagnerian late-romanticism, his Harmonielehre “Harmony Lesson”, composed in when Adams was in his late 30sis full of surreal dreams and post-minimalist rhythms, glitter, and energy.


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Harmonielehre appears in the Modern Era soundtrack of the computer game Civilization IV[6] along with several other pieces by Adams. Adams’s title comes from Schoenberg’s great harmony textbookan essential musical tome that gives you the keys not to a theory of composition-withtones Schoenberg’s serialism in other harmonnielehrebut to tonal harmonic practice from Palestrina to Bruckner.

But in this case, I simply place the keys together, as if in a mixer, and let them battle it out. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. This page was last edited on 16 Novemberat Adamd is a orchestral composition by the American composer John Adams. Retrieved from ” https: