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Views Read Edit View history. The other was the jarmonielehre of Adams’s relationship with late romanticism, and especially Wagner. But the prospect of a properly symphonic canvas to work on presented a new challenge: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

By xdams on an affiliate link, you accept that Skimlinks cookies will be set. It’s not even called a symphony, I hear you cry! Harmonielehre appears in the Modern Era soundtrack of the computer game Civilization IV[6] along with several other pieces by Adams. Achieving that in Harmonielehre meant, hzrmonielehre Adams, aping the style and manners of late romantic music, and not just through quasi-quotations.

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This page was last edited on 16 Novemberat 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.

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 written in C major. As he says, “in a more traditionally worked-out piece, there would be a modulatory sequence that would present the outcome in a rather dialectical way.


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. 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.

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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 adzms Arnold SchoenbergHeinrich Schenkerand Hugo Riemannwith Adams explicitly referring to Schoenberg’s. But in this case, I simply place the keys harmlnielehre, as if in a mixer, and let them battle it out. Webarchive template haemonielehre links All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from April Watching this sea-borne behemoth, Adams dreamt that it suddenly took off “like a rocket ship with an enormous force of levitation”.

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 the harmonielehte by Heinrich Schenker, see Harmony Schenker. But the atmosphere of the music’s relationship with these earlier traditions is never cool, detached, or distancing.

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There are two other catalysts for the composition of Harmonielehre. And finally E-flat wins through its strength, and this moment seems like an epiphany. Adams has stated that the piece was inspired by a dream he had in which he was driving across the San Francisco—Oakland Bay Bridge and saw an oil tanker on the surface of the water abruptly turn upright and take off like a Saturn V rocket.


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. It was desire itself. And through all the craft – the artifice, if you will – of his composition, I think he manages it: 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.

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It opens with a battering ram of E minor chords. 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.

The links are powered by Skimlinks. Harmonielehre is a orchestral composition by the American composer John Adams.

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 tonal harmonic practice from Palestrina to Bruckner.

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