Hallelujah Junction: Composing an American Life

John Adams is one of the most respected and loved of contemporary composers, and he has won his eminence fair and square he has aimed high, he has addressed life as it is lived now, and he has found a language that makes sense to a wide audience Alex Ross, The New Yorker Now, in Hallelujah Junction, he incisively relates his life story, from his childhood to his earlJohn Adams is one of the most respected and loved of contemporary composers, and he has won his eminence fair and square he has aimed high, he has addressed life as it is lived now, and he has found a language that makes sense to a wide audience Alex Ross, The New Yorker Now, in Hallelujah Junction, he incisively relates his life story, from his childhood to his early studies in classical composition amid the musical and social ferment of the 1960s, from his landmark minimalist innovations to his controversial docu operas Adams offers a no holds barred portrait of the rich musical scene of 1970s California, and of his contemporaries and colleagues, including John Cage, Steve Reich, and Philip Glass He describes the process of writing, rehearsing, and performing his renowned works, as well as both the pleasures and the challenges of writing serious music in a country and a time largely preoccupied with pop culture.Hallelujah Junction is a thoughtful and original memoir that will appeal to both longtime Adams fans and newcomers to contemporary music Not since Leonard Bernstein s Findings has an eminent composer so candidly and accessibly explored his life and work This searching self portrait offers not only a glimpse into the work and world of one of our leading artists, but also an intimate look at one of the most exciting chapters in contemporary culture.
Hallelujah Junction Composing an American Life John Adams is one of the most respected and loved of contemporary composers and he has won his eminence fair and square he has aimed high he has addressed life as it is lived now and he has found a

  • Title: Hallelujah Junction: Composing an American Life
  • Author: John Adams
  • ISBN: 9780374281151
  • Page: 285
  • Format: Hardcover
  • John Adams composer Life and career Before John Coolidge Adams was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, in He was raised in various New England states, where he was greatly influenced by New England s musical culture He graduated from Concord High School in Concord, New Hampshire. Adams began composing at the age of ten and first heard his music performed around the age of or . Angeles National Forest The Angeles National Forest ANF of the U.S Forest Service is located in the San Gabriel Mountains and Sierra Pelona Mountains, primarily within Los Angeles County in southern California.The ANF manages a majority of the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument. The national forest was established in , incorporating the first San Bernardino National Forest and parts of the former A Flowering Tree Opera Queensland Season Kumudha is a young woman with a secret power the ability to transform herself into a tree covered in valuable blossoms But sometimes rare gifts can inspire both love and jealousy in equal measure. Norton Music s Fake Disk for Band in a Box Norton Music s Fake Disk For Band in a Box with compatible Fake Book The Ultimate Jazz Fake Disk Book by Hal Leonard This disk book reads like a Who s Who of Jazz SPIRITUAL AND SECULAR CHRISTMAS BARBERSHOP TRACKS SPIRITUAL AND SECULAR CHRISTMAS BARBERSHOP TRACKS AND ARRANGEMENTS c , Mike Barkley last updated I use minimal HTML to maximize your download speed Music Revival Concerts Music Revival Notice of concerts presented by Music Revival in the Pietermaritzburg and KZN Midlands region in Looking ahead to dates for Tatham Art Gallery The Rifleman The Original Series The action packed classic television series about a widowed rancher, Lucas McCain Chuck Connors , raising his son, Mark Johnny Crawford , in New Mexico This western series aired on ABC from and is a classic in the genre for its high production standards, character driven plots, moral lessons and A list guest stars. Mining Atomic Rockets The scenario and process of the space mining simulation The scenario was designed with the help of space professionals with backgrounds in space engineering and Full text of NEW Internet Archive Search the history of over billion web pages on the Internet. Brown Corpus list Excel Compleat Lexical lextutor brown_freq worrisome worry worry worryin worrying worse worsened worsens worship worshiped worshipful worshiping worshipped worshippers worshipping worst worst marked

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    1. It is common practice to compare a composer's prose with his music. Milton Babbitt essays are just as thorny as his music. Subordinate clauses intermingle together until the true meaning of his sentences are lost. Morton Feldman composed music of amazing quiet and solitude, yet he was notoriously loud and extroverted in person. And somehow his writings allows these two personalities to coexist, so that his absurd and clever humor somehow touches you deeply. John Cage's writings are almost more i [...]

    2. When I read someone's memoir, what I am most interested in learning is what kind of person the writer might be. A select few describe their failures along with their achievements, and John Adams is one of that small group. (Pitcher David Wells, of all people, is another!) If I had never listened to any of his compositions (only what I can find recorded, unfortunately), I might miss some of his work after reading his comments on his work. Adams also illuminates the work of composition, at least a [...]

    3. This is as good an autobiography as you'll get from a composer. It would be a great read even for someone uninterested in his music -- except of course for some chapters which are music specific. Adams's writing is evocative, funny, self-deprecating, and illuminating. I felt like I was living his life -- or as if he were writing the story of MY life. To use Bob Dylan's words, "like it was written in my soul."The great thing about Hallelujah Junction is that Adams is open and honest in his assess [...]

    4. I completely enjoyed this autobiography describing the process of composing music by one of my favorite contemporary composers. Sometimes it is very dense writing and I found myself reading some sections over and over. He goes into detail about his own compositions as well as most other contemporary composers and their predecessors.

    5. John Adams is a leading (in my opinion the best) American composer of modern classical music. I have had the pleasure of meeting him and hearing him speak on the curent state of modern music. This is his autobiography, which I found very well-written and fascinating.

    6. Stephen Jay Gould, the challenging thinker about evolutionary science, reminds us that our culture has two canonical modes for trending. One is "advances to something better as reasons for celebration", the other is "declines to abyss as sources of lamentation (and hankering after a mysthical golden age of 'good old days')." Classic music, defined in my mind as those classic cannons such as Mozart and Beethoven, perhaps Brahms and Siberlius as well, were never to be superceded (so I thought), be [...]

    7. John Adams is a rock star. The first time I heard his music was the last day of an opera class at UW-Mad. taught by an uninspired professor--the prof "generously" tossed in some modern and contemporary composers as an afterthought. When I heard a snippet of Nixon in China I was completely blown away. It was a seriously a religious experience. I had never heard anything like it and never knew opera could sounds this way--so moving, so fresh, so Different. I never forgot John Adams and soon checke [...]

    8. John Adams really became a composer after moving to San Francisco in the mid-70s, the same time I was living there. I've been following his work every since, and it's been gratifying to see him gain the success and visibility his work deserves. This autobiography provides a lot of fresh insight into Adams' compositional process and into the kind of human being he is. It's fun to realize that the inspiration for one of his works, which programs notes originally claimed came from a "dream," in fac [...]

    9. Hallelujah Junction is John Adams’ autobiography, and as autobiographies go, it’s a fairly good one. Adams uses a pleasant, bemused tone to describe the signposts that mark his development as an artist and his principle influences as he rejects serialism (no small rejection in the late ‘60s/early 70’s), explores and rejects the John Cage-influenced aleatoric ‘music’ (e.g random sounds or sounds randomly generated that are labeled as music when given a definitive start and end point), [...]

    10. Very interesting but also very dense and intellectual. I thought my classical music history and theory knowledge was pretty decent, but I think it needed to be several levels more advanced to fully enjoy this book.My number one takeaway, though, is that John Adams is both an academic genius and a stoner grandpa

    11. John Adams, America’s best known living composer, is far from universally loved. His work is variedly labeled as dreary Minimalism, facile postmodernism, reactionary neoromanticism, politically correct eclecticism, and more. Personally I have been listening to his work for many years, with deepening admiration. For whatever it is worth I believe that compositions such as Harmonielehre, The Death of Klinghoffer, El Nino and The Dharma at Big Sur will eventually be accepted as a solid part of th [...]

    12. Anticipating going to see Doctor Atomic at the Curtis Institute this week, I pulled this compelling memoir off my reading shelf. I loved reading about Adams' composing process, the artists he has worked with, and how he coped with the prevailing modernist musical styles over the decades of his career. He spends very little time writing about his life as a classical music celebrity, as I was worried he might. He is, after all, a famous guy and could have indulged in more name-dropping and vain ru [...]

    13. The release of this memoir was well timed with my discovery of Adams' music - though I'd been aware of a few of his pieces previously, it was when a friend introduced me to "Grand Pianola Music" last spring that I totally fell in love with his work. Adams' work contains many of the formal innovations of the minimalists, electronic music pioneers, and other experimental composers - yet, unlike of his contemporaries, he doesn't shy away from direct emotional appeal within his music.So, given my ne [...]

    14. John Adams at seventy arguably is the youngest composer knowing worldwide fame. 'Hallelujah Junction' is his autobiography, and a remarkably well written one, too. Adams turns out to be a modest but engaging narrator, making his memoirs of his childhood worthwile reading. Highlight, however, is his acccount of his struggle in the days of avant-garde, tinkering with primitive electronic devices to compose some experimental music, and engaging in concerts, happenings and other projects before ulti [...]

    15. John Adams writes as well as he composes. In his autobiography ‘Hallelujah Junction’ Adams recounts how he found his voice as a composer and illuminates his composition process, his cooperation with librettists and choreographers, and demonstrates the understanding gained by research for his wildly varying opera topics that range from Nixon’s state visit to China, a Palestinian - Israeli hostage drama, to the detonation of the first atomic bomb in the Mohave desert. Adams breaks with syste [...]

    16. This is John Adams' autobiography, detailing his life, work, influences, and thoughts on music in general and his own works. I found this book really engaging and enjoyable to read. While Adams doesn't really dwell on the trials and tribulations of his personal life, he is refreshingly frank about his struggles to find his own compositional voice and about both his successes and his failures. He's got a lot of interesting things to say, and it was really refreshing to hear the perspective of a c [...]

    17. I guess anyone who writes a memoir/autobiography will speak highly of themselves, but as someone who was somewhat familiar with John Adams's music, it was a great read in understanding the things that motivate him as a composer, as well as the things which have shaped him as a person. He does get a little defensive at times, especially when talking about some of his more controversial works or works for which he received a lot of criticism, and sometimes takes it too far. Nonetheless, it was a r [...]

    18. I gained significant insight into John Adams' life and composing from this memoir. I have listened to much of his output, and heard him conduct on several occasions with the Cleveland Orchestra. Once I heard him speak on a panel at the Rock Hall in Cleveland. It is quite remarkable that an American composer, whom I can imagine in my living room in a friendly conversation, and who has been willing to put himself on the line politically, and is open to the popular music of his day, is nevertheless [...]

    19. This is a pretty solid, well-written memoir from John Adams. I would have given it 3.5 stars if I could, but 3 it is. The biggest detriment to the book is its lack of cohesion. Adams repeated a lot of information, stating something in a way that would imply this was the reader's first time encountering a particular tidbit, when really it had been introduced in a previous chapter. Within chapters, though, everything seemed to flow well. I enjoyed learning more about Adams's works with which I am [...]

    20. Hallelujah Junction is an engaging look into the life of a contemporary Classical composer. Adams is constantly insightful and open about the nature of his work. Throughout, he remains humble about his talent but never self-effacing. When necessary, he answers his critics and occasionally concedes to them.The one thing I wish I'd gotten more insight into is the business side of being a composer. One never really gets a sense of how hard Adams was working to get recognized in his early career or [...]

    21. America's most important active composer writes with erudition, grace, and self-deprecating humor. (I use an pencilled asterisk to mark the funny bits in the books I read: multiple marginal stars here.) He walks us through some of the major works, deepening our appreciation of familiar works, and enticing us to sample the unfamiliar. I hope that the book encourages more listeners to give a listen to Adams, be it the brief piano piece "China Gates" or the memorial choral work On the Transmigratio [...]

    22. As you would expect, there's plenty of backstory into the creation of Nixon in China, The Death of Klinghoffer, and other major works, including Adams' most recent opera, Doctor Atomic. For me, though, some of the most important passages were the ones in which Adams spoke of the struggle to carve out a space for himself in which he could find his own voice as a composer, and where he discussed that struggle in relationship to what was going on in classical music during the latter half of the 20t [...]

    23. This book is in search of an audience. At points it is covering the basics of music (the development of equal temperament) for someone familiar with his music as an audience member, at other times it is clearly aimed at future scholars, laying out the contexts in which he composed. Most grating is when Adams picks apart his negative reviews, in which he doesn't say anything I disagree with, but comes across with a tone that suggests that any criticisms of his music are wrong rather than just dif [...]

    24. Absolutely loved this book. While it's interesting as a composer-bio for fans, what's even more interesting is its value as a documentation of compositional process - not in a detailed sense, but the way he doesn't just say "I wrote this and it was performed" but analyses how the work came about, his experience of it in rehearsal and performance and his view of strengths and weakenesses with hindsight, is fantastic. Also useful is his descriptions of collaborations with other artists - librettis [...]

    25. Entertaining and very well written autobiography. I wouldn't have been interested had I not recently heard a performance of "The Chairman Dances" by the Louisville Orchestra, an astonishing piece of music especially when heard live. How did they do that? Anyway, the book is set mostly in San Francisco, where several of my relatives pursue music in their own ways, including electronic music and performance art, like Adams did before electronics became, well, portable. Great fun!

    26. I won a signed copy of this book from a contest on John Adams' website and didn't really expect much from it. While I appreciate much of his music, I wasn't sure how interesting it would be to read the memoirs of a living modern composer. It turns out that he's had quite an interesting life indeed, at least through the parts I've read so far (up to the mid 70s).

    27. Picked this up again as a reward for getting halfway through Grant. The earlier chapters cheerfully recount his experiments with clunky homemade synthesizers and chance music, and they are much more entertaining than the later chapters. The later episodes end up sounding a little self-important. (Then again, can one write a memoir without sounding self-important?)

    28. Fascinating read. Adams can write quite well and it was very interesting to see how he grappled with the pressures of how one "should" compose (think Boulez, etc.) as opposed to how one feels he/she should compose. I have come to appreciate his music more through reading this book, though I have always been a fan. Anyone who is interested in contemporary classical music should read this book.

    29. Adams, a crucial figure in the forging of a new path for composed music, brings his intelligence, taste, and generosity to bear on this readable book. If you think you might like it, you very probably will.

    30. I liked this autobiography until he got to the point where he gained his confidence as a composer, and then it lost me. John Adams should have that confidence, he's one of the finest composers alive with the broadest range within a recognizable "sound" and he speaks to that in not uncertain terms.

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