Accessible Narratives: Continuity in the Music of John Adams

@article{Powell2014AccessibleNC,
  title={Accessible Narratives: Continuity in the Music of John Adams},
  author={Richard Powell},
  journal={Contemporary Music Review},
  year={2014},
  volume={33},
  pages={390 - 407}
}
Hearing the powerfully communicative music of John Adams often seems to encourage an active engagement with the listening experience itself: focus shifts from the composer to the audience. Taking two works—Shaker Loops (1982) and Harmonielehre (1985)—as case studies, this article seeks to explore the inclination of Adams' music towards immediate comprehension in terms of a perceptual narrative: a stretch of continuous time preserved (in, nonetheless, endlessly variable forms) and delineated… 
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