John Adams: Shaker Loops, Light Over Water
John Adams & Ridge String Quartet
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||Shaker Loops||Dan Smiley, Gary Lowendusky, Judiyaba & Ridge String Quartet||28:46||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||Light Over Water: Part I||Brian McCarthy, Don Kenelly, Jim Miller, John Adams, Mack Kenley, Tim Wilson, William Klingelhofer & Zacharia Spellman||12:20||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||Light Over Water: Part II||Brian McCarthy, Don Kenelly, Jim Miller, John Adams, Mack Kenley, Tim Wilson, William Klingelhofer & Zacharia Spellman||11:13||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||Light Over Water: Part III||Brian McCarthy, Don Kenelly, Jim Miller, John Adams, Mack Kenley, Tim Wilson, William Klingelhofer & Zacharia Spellman||18:05||Album Only||View in iTunes|
An early work by Massachusetts-born, California-based minimalist composer John Adams, Light Over Water is a ballet score in three movements written in 1983 for a collaborative work, Available Light, done with choreographer Lucinda Childs and set designer Frank Gehry at Los Angeles' Museum of Contemporary Art. Perhaps because of its intended use as part of a larger, collaborative work, Light Over Water feels like a minor piece when listened to on its own. Scored for seven brass instruments (two trumpets, two French horns, two trombones, and tuba) and Adams' own synthesizers, "Light Over Water" is a straightforward additive piece of simple musical phrases repeating and building, then slowly receding. While not as intriguing as other early Adams pieces like 1979's "Shaker Loops" or as complex as his operas Nixon in China or The Death of Klinghoffer, Light Over Water is still an enjoyable, accessible piece with some excellent unison brass scoring.
Born: February 15, 1947 in Worcester, MA
Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s