Description by Jeremy Grimshaw Making up one half of John Adams 's orchestral set Two Fanfares, Short Ride in a Fast Machine exhibits an unbound rhythmic energy and spectacular, kaleidoscopic color. Commissioned by the Pittsburgh Symphony to mark the opening of the Great Woods Summer Festival, the work is appropriately celebratory. Find album reviews, stream songs, credits and award information for Essential 20th Century Classics - Various Artists on AllMusic - Find album reviews, stream songs, credits and award information for Essential 20th Century Classics - Various Artists on AllMusic - Short Ride in a Fast Machine. John Adams. Amazon: The. Essential 20th Century Classics with Du Pré, Jacqueline, Donohoe, Peter on CD. Order from your preferred classical music CD store - ArkivMusic. Great prices. Best service. Fast delivery.
Lesson plan 2 written by Andrew Smith. Lesson plan 3 written by Rachel Leach. All parts have been designed to work together to enable mixed-ability groups to perform together. All the beginner and Grade arrangements are short excerpts of the work named in the title and complement the Grade arrangements. This enables you to involve players of different abilities in one ensemble, all performing the same piece. Where as the Grade arrangements are around 3 minutes each, the beginner parts are between secs, allowing for the stamina of a young musician who is used to playing pieces of similar duration.
The beginner and intermediate arrangements have been orchestrated for many different instruments, from flute to ukulele, however many different combinations of instruments can be used, even if your school has one or more that is not listen in the score! The standard of playing for the beginner parts is based around the first few notes I'd expect the musician to learn, and basic semibreve, minim, crotchet, quaver rhythms.
All the arrangements present a short 3-minute excerpt or abridgment of the work named in the title, and have been conceived in such a way that many different combinations of instruments can be successfully employed in playing them, even if your school hasn't got one or more of the instruments shown on the score.
Alternative notes have been provided for some more challenging situations. In most cases, the optional piano accompaniment will fill any gaps, and may well be useful for rehearsals, though in most cases it would be best to do without it for performance, if possible.
Below, in bold print, are the instruments named on the score, followed in bold print by other instruments which can play the same part.
Flutes - This line can also be played by violins. Because of the range of the flute, violinists attempting this line will find themselves playing in the higher positions. Violins also have their own dedicated part, so it's suggested that that part should have sufficient instruments on it before any are put on the flute line. Oboes - Any mid-range C instruments i. This would include violinsrecorders and flutes especially if there is a surplus, after having placed some on the dedicated flute line.
Clarinets in Bb - Other than soprano saxophoneswhich are highly unlikely to be found in a school orchestra, there are no obvious contenders to join the clarinets on this line. The writing, and the range, will generally be unsuitable for at-pitch Bb instruments such as the trumpet or cornet; and lower Bb instruments such as the euphonium shouldn't use this part as the sound will be muddied by the lower octave.
Bassoons - Cellos can play from this part though in the first instance they should use their dedicated part. Horns in F - This being a demanding instrument, rather rare in the school orchestra, it is generally doubled in the arrangements by the tenor horn in Ebwhich has its own stave and part see below. Tenor Horns in Eb and alto saxophones - These play from the same part, which generally doubles the part of the F horn see above.
There is, if required, Short Ride In A Fast Machine - Various - Essential 20th Century Classics (CD), a part for 2nd Horn in Fwhich duplicates that of the Tenor Horn. Trombones - The trombone part is available in two notations - bass clef at pitch and treble clef brass band notation.
The former part can also be used by cellos though they have their own dedicated stave too ; the latter by euphoniums and baritones ditto. Euphoniums and Baritones - Any spare trombones may be allotted this stave. A part in bass clef for this line is also provided; it's called '2nd trombone'.
Bass in Bb - The part for this instrument is also provided in bass clef, for the orchestral tuba. A separate part is provided for the smaller Eb bass ; the music is identical in pitch, except for the odd occasion where an upwards octave transposition has been necessary.
Percussion - The name for this varies from piece to piece, but it is generally for any kind of large drum. If the part is called 'timpani', then of course those tuned drums should ideally be employed, but any percussive instrument will usually be quite effective. The percussion parts of all the pieces can be executed by one player, except for the Adams, which has a quick change in the middle; however, in this case, the instrument used at the start can just as well be used right through.
Violins - This part could be doubled by flutes or oboes if there are enough of them to go around. Players who aren't comfortable out of 1st position should consider an alternative see below. Violas - These aren't particularly prevalent in school orchestras, so a special violin part is provided.
It's called 2nd violinand is identical to the viola part except for passages which go below low G — these are either omitted in the special part or transposed upwards. Cellos - Their part can be played by bassoons, though they should in the first instance be placed on their dedicated line. The opera marked the first collaboration between Adams and theatre director Peter Sellarswho had proposed it to Adams in Adams has subsequently worked with Sellars on all of his operas.
Adams wrote two orchestral pieces in Fearful Symmetriesa minute work in the same style as Nixon in Chinaand The Wound-Dressera setting of Walt Whitman 's poem of the same title, written when Whitman was volunteering at a military hospital during the American Civil War. The Wound-Dresser is scored for baritone voice, two flutes or two piccolostwo oboes, clarinet, bass clarinet, two bassoons, two horns, trumpet or piccolo trumpettimpani, synthesizer, and strings.
During this time, Adams established an international career as a conductor. From tohe served as conductor and music advisor for the St Paul Chamber Orchestra. He completed his second opera, The Death of Klinghofferinagain working with librettist Alice Goodman and director Peter Sellars. The opera is based on the hijacking of the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro by Palestinian terrorists and details the murder of passenger Leon Klinghoffera retired, physically Short Ride In A Fast Machine - Various - Essential 20th Century Classics (CD) American Jew.
The opera has generated controversy, including allegations that it is antisemitic and glorifies terrorism. Adams' next piece, Chamber Symphonyis for a member chamber orchestra. Written in three movements, the work is inspired by an unlikely combination of sources: Arnold Schoenberg 's Chamber Symphony No.
Lasting a little more than half an hour, this work is also in three movements: a "long extended rhapsody for the violin" is followed by a slow chaconne titled "Body through which the dream flows", a phrase from a poem by Robert Haasand the piece ends with an energetic toccare. Inspired by musicals, Adams referred to the piece as a "songplay in two acts". Hallelujah Junction is a three-movement composition for two pianowhich employs variations of a repeated two-note rhythm.
Short Ride In A Fast Machine - Various - Essential 20th Century Classics (CD) intervals between the notes remain the same through much of the piece. Adams used the same phrase for the title of his memoir.
After the September 11, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centerthe New York Philharmonic commissioned Adams to write a memorial piece for the victims of the attacks.
The resulting piece, On the Transmigration of Soulswas premiered around the first anniversary of the attacks. On the Transmigration of Souls is scored for orchestrachorusand children's choiraccompanied by taped readings of the names of the victims mixed with the sounds of the city. Though his father did not actually know American composer Charles IvesAdams saw many similarities between the two men's lives and between their lives and his own, including their love of small-town New England life and their unfulfilled musical dreams.
Written for the Los Angeles Philharmonic to celebrate the opening of Disney Hall inThe Dharma at Big Sur is a two-movement work for solo electric six-string violin and orchestra.
Adams wrote that with Dharmahe "wanted to compose a piece that embodied the feeling of being on the West Coast — literally standing on a precipice overlooking the geographic shelf with the ocean extending far out to the horizon…"  Inspired by the music of Lou Harrison the piece calls for some instruments harppianosamplers to use just intonationa tuning system in which intervals sound pure, rather than equal temperamentthe common Western tuning system in which all intervals except the octave are impure.
Adams' third opera, Doctor Atomicis about physicist J. Robert Oppenheimerthe Manhattan Projectand the creation and testing of the first atomic bomb.
The libretto of Doctor Atomicwritten by Peter Sellars, draws on original source material, including personal memoirs, recorded interviews, technical manuals of nuclear physics, declassified government documents, and the poetry of the Bhagavad GitaJohn DonneCharles Baudelaireand Muriel Rukeyser.
The opera takes place in June and Julymainly over the last few hours before the first atomic bomb explodes at the test site in New Mexico. Two years later, Adams extracted music from the opera to create the three-movement Doctor Atomic Symphony. Adams' next opera, A Flowering Tree with libretto by Adams and Sellars, is based on a folktale from the Kannada language of southern India as translated by A. Ramanujan about a young girl who discovers that she has the magic ability to transform into a flowering tree.
The two-act opera was commissioned as part of the Vienna New Crowned Hope Festival to celebrate the th anniversary of Mozart 's birth. Adams wrote three pieces for the St. The work focuses on the final few weeks of the life of Jesus from the point of view of "the other Mary", Mary of Bethany sometimes mis-identified as Mary Magdaleneher sister Marthaand her brother, Lazarus.
Written for violinist Leila Josefowicz who frequently performed Adams' Violin Concerto and The Dharma at Big Surthe work was inspired by the character Scheherazade from One Thousand and One Nights who, after being forced into marriage, recounts tales to her husband in order to delay her death.
Adams associated modern examples of suffering and injustice towards women around the world, with acts in Tahrir Square during the Egyptian Revolution ofKabuland comments from The Rush Limbaugh Show. Adams' most recent opera, Girls of the Golden Westwith a libretto by Sellars based on historical sources, is set in mining camps during the California Gold Rush of the 's.
Sellars described the opera this way: "These true stories of the Forty-Niners [a name for people who took part in the Gold Rush] are overwhelming in their heroism, passion and cruelty, telling tales of racial conflicts, colorful and humorous exploits, political strife and struggles to build anew a life and to decide what it would mean to be American.
The music of Adams is usually categorized as minimalist or post-minimalistalthough in an interview he said that his music is part of the 'post-style' era at the end of the twentieth century. Adams was born ten years after Steve Reich and Philip Glassand his writing is more developmental and directionalized, containing climaxes and other elements of Romanticism.
Many of Adams's ideas in composition are a reaction to the philosophy of serialism and its depictions of "the composer as scientist". Adams experienced a musical epiphany after reading John Cage 's book Silencewhich he claimed "dropped into [his] psyche like a time bomb".
This perspective offered to Adams a liberating alternative to the rule-based techniques of serialism. At this point, Adams began to experiment with electronic music, and his experiences are reflected in the writing of Phrygian Gates —78in which the constant shifting between modules in Lydian mode and Phrygian mode refers to activating electronic gates rather than architectural ones. Adams explained that working with synthesizers caused a "diatonic conversion", a reversion to the belief that tonality was a force of nature.
Some of Adams's compositions are an amalgamation of different styles. One example is Grand Pianola Music —82a humorous piece that purposely draws its content from musical cliches.
Adams professes his love of other genres other than classical music; his parents were jazz musicians, and he has also listened to rock musicalbeit only passively. Adams once claimed that originality wasn't an urgent concern for him the way it was necessary for the minimalists and compared his position to that of Gustav MahlerJ. Bachand Johannes Brahmswho "were standing at the end of an era and were embracing all of the evolutions that occurred over the previous thirty to fifty years".
Adams, like other minimalists of his time e. Philip Glassused a steady pulse that defines and controls the music. The pulse was best known from Terry Riley's early composition In Cand slowly more and more composers used it as a common practice. Jonathan Bernard highlighted this adoption by comparing Phrygian Gateswritten inand Fearful Symmetries written eleven years later in In the late s and early s, Adams started to add a new character to his music, which he called "the Trickster".
The Trickster allowed Adams to use the repetitive style and rhythmic drive of minimalism, yet poke fun at it at the same time. The most critically divisive pieces in Adams's collection are his historical operas. At first release, Nixon in China received mostly negative press feedback. Donal Henahanwriting in The New York Timescalled the Houston Grand Opera world premiere of the work "worth a few giggles but hardly a strong candidate for the standard repertory" and "visually striking but coy and insubstantial".
Robert Hugill for Music and Vision called the production "astonishing The concert, which took place in April at Carnegie Hallwas a celebratory performance of Adams's work on his sixtieth birthday.
Tommasini called Adams Short Ride In A Fast Machine - Various - Essential 20th Century Classics (CD) "skilled and dynamic conductor", and noted that the music "was gravely beautiful yet restless". The opera The Death of Klinghoffer has been criticized as antisemitic by some, including by the Klinghoffer family. Leon Klinghoffer's daughters, Lisa and Ilsa, after attending the opera, released a statement saying: "We are outraged at the exploitation of our parents and the coldblooded murder of our father as the centerpiece of a production that appears to us to be anti-Semitic.
After the September 11 attacks inperformances by the Boston Symphony Orchestra of excerpts from Klinghoffer were canceled. BSO managing director Mark Volpe remarked of the decision: "We originally programmed the choruses from John Adams' Short Ride In A Fast Machine - Various - Essential 20th Century Classics (CD) Death of Klinghoffer because we believe in it as a work of art, and we still hold that conviction.
I felt that if I said, 'OK, "Klinghoffer" is too hot to handle, do "Harmonium", that in a sense I would be agreeing with the judgment about 'Klinghoffer. A revival by the Metropolitan Opera reignited debate. Former New York City mayor Rudy Giulianiwho marched in protest against the production, wrote: "This work is both a distortion of history and helped, in some ways, to foster a three decade long feckless policy of creating a moral equivalency between the Palestinian Authority, a corrupt terrorist organization, and the state of Israel, a democracy ruled by law.
It is a powerful and important opera. Adams was married to Hawley Currens, a music teacher from to Adams' son is the composer Samuel Carl Adams. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the California-based composer. For the formerly Alaska-based composer, see John Luther Adams.
American composer. Main article: The Death of Klinghoffer. It has been suggested that this section be split out into another article titled List of compositions by John Adams. Discuss May September 1, Retrieved August 12, Classic FM.
The Guardian. Retrieved October 15, The New York Times. Concord High School. Archived from the original on December 21, Retrieved December 17, Encyclopedia Britannica.
Retrieved March 30, Earbox - John Adams. Retrieved May 26, San Francisco Symphony.
View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the CD release of Best 20th Century Classics on Discogs. Label: EMI - CDELJ (SWFD) • Format: 6x, CD Compilation • Country: South Africa • Genre: Classical • Various – Best 20th Century Classics Label: EMI – CDELJ Short Ride in a Fast Machine: Instrumental. John Adams completed Short Ride in a Fast Machine in He applies the description “fanfare for orchestra” to this work and to the earlier Tromba Lontana (). The former is also known as Fanfare for Great Woods because it was commissioned for the Great Woods Festival of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Short Ride in a Fast Machine was composed for the Pittsburgh Symphony as the curtain raiser for a summer festival, “Great Woods.”. One of the most powerful early influences on the composer was a style called minimalism, and this work has often been called a “triumph of minimalism.”.
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Essential American Classics / Various Release Date: 06/05/ Label: Period: 20th Century Written: ; New York, USA Length: 4 Minutes 11 Secs. Short Ride in a Fast Machine by John Adams Conductor: Simon Rattle Period: 20th. Short Ride in a Fast Machine, orchestral fanfare by American composer John Adams that evokes the excitement-cum-terror of a late-night thrill ride in a sports car. The piece was composed in as an opener for a summer festival given by the Pittsburgh Symphony. Since that time, it has become one of Adams’s most frequently performed compositions.
Description by Jeremy Grimshaw Making up one half of John Adams 's orchestral set Two Fanfares, Short Ride in a Fast Machine exhibits an unbound rhythmic energy and spectacular, kaleidoscopic color. Commissioned by the Pittsburgh Symphony to mark the opening of the Great Woods Summer Festival, the work is appropriately celebratory.
Reception, performance and non-performance. Short Ride in a Fast Machine premiered in , when it was performed by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.. The work has been generally well received as a concert work, according to a report in that places the fanfare as "the tenth most-performed orchestral work composed in the last twenty-five years.". It was scheduled to be performed on two. Mar 11, · Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube.
Notes & Reviews: Essential 20th Century Classics is a 2-CD set featuring a collection of important works written between and This period is sometimes thought of as the era of 'modern' music, when composers sought to break free from Romantic styles of the 19th century by experimenting with daring new harmonies and forms, but much of the music written after still harked back to.
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