JOHN ADAMS (b.1947): My Father Knew Charles Ives, Harmonielehre.
Catalogue Number: 02W012
Description: Adams describes My Father Knew Charles Ives (2003), a 28-minute piece in three movements (“Concord”, “The Lake” and “The Mountain”) as “an homage and encomium to a composer whose influence on me has been huge.” It followed one of his most important and popular commissions, On the Transmigration of Souls, written in 2002 for the New York Philharmonic to commemorate the tragedy of 9/11, in which he was inspired by what he calls Ives’ “mixing board” technique of handling the orchestra. Harmonielehre (1985) was a deliberate move by Adams to expand his musical language beyond Minimalism, keeping its energetic pulse but embracing the rich tonal resources of the past to create a work that has accrued an aura of timelessness. Nashville Symphony; Giancarlo Guerrero.