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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. Watching this sea-borne behemoth, Barmonielehre dreamt that it suddenly took off “like a rocket ship with an enormous force of levitation”.

But the prospect of a properly symphonic canvas to work on presented a new challenge: Harmonielehre is a orchestral composition by the American composer John Adams. This page was last edited on 16 Novemberat 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. There are two other catalysts for the composition of Harmonielehre.

But the atmosphere of the music’s relationship with these earlier traditions is never cool, detached, or distancing.

John Adams // Adams: Harmonielehre

Compositions by John Coolidge Adams. It’s the same at the end of the piece, in which Harmonielehde stages an epic battle between the work’s main keys.

But in this case, I simply place the keys together, as if in a mixer, and let them battle it out. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. By clicking on an affiliate link, you accept that Skimlinks cookies will be set. Meister Eckhardt and Quackie. Topics Classical music 50 greatest symphonies. Retrieved from ” harmonielegre There was another dream, of Adams’s infant daughter careering round the cosmos on the back of a flying medieval theologian, Meister Eckhardt, which inspired the ethereal music that opens the third movement.


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. Webarchive template wayback links All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from April Listen to music like the achingly expressive lyrical theme at the centre of the first movement, which apart from the post-minimalist filigree of some of its orchestral decoration, sounds like a theme culled from Mahler’s or Zemlinsky’s or the romantic Schoenberg’s workshop, circa And finally E-flat wins through its strength, and this moment seems like an epiphany.

For the book by Heinrich Schenker, see Harmony Schenker. 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.

Actually, that’s not quite the right image: It was desire itself. 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: And through all the craft – the artifice, if you will – of his composition, I think he manages it: Order by newest oldest recommendations.

Views Read Edit View history. Adams makes clear references to the emotionally bleak opening of Sibelius’s 4th Symphony at the start of the movementand its climax is a rewriting of the terrifying chord that screams out in pain in the Adagio of Mahler’s 10th Symphony.

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.

Achieving that in Harmonielehre meant, for Adams, aping the style and manners of late romantic music, and not just through quasi-quotations. As Adams himself says, “This is a work that looks to the past in what I suspect is a ‘postmodernist’ spirit, but … it does so entirely without irony.


As he says, harmmonielehre a more traditionally worked-out piece, there would be a modulatory sequence that would present the outcome in a rather dialectical way. Harmonielehre appears in the Modern Era soundtrack of the computer game Civilization IV[6] along with several other pieces by Adams. Compositions by John Haarmonielehre Adams compositions Compositions for symphony orchestra Minimalistic compositions. It also appears on the I Am Love soundtrack.

Loading comments… Trouble loading? In a way, it’s a book that’s proof positive of one of Schoenberg’s maxims, that there’s still a lot of great music to be harmonnielehre in C major.

Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. The emotional and sensual power it possessed was inescapable.

Symphony guide: John Adams’s Harmonielehre

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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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 wordsbut to barmonielehre harmonic practice from Palestrina to Bruckner.

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.