Violin Concerto (Adams)
The Violin Concerto by the American composer John Adams was written in 1993. Its premiere was on January 19, 1994 by Jorja Fleezanis with the Minnesota Orchestra, conducted by Edo de Waart, at the Ordway Music Theater, Saint Paul, Minnesota. Fleezanis also collaborated with Adams in writing the violin solo.
|by John Adams|
|Commissioned by||New York City Ballet|
|Performed||January 19, 1994 Ordway Music Theater, Saint Paul, Minnesota:|
The piece was co-commissioned by the New York City Ballet, leading to a strong sense of rhythm throughout the entire work. For it, Adams received the University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition.
The solo violin is almost unceasing as it weaves through the orchestra, which serves primarily as a backdrop.
A typical performance lasts around 35 minutes.
The work is in three movements:
- Quarter-note = 78
- Chaconne: Body through which the dream flows
The work calls for solo violin, 2 flutes (both doubling piccolos), 2 oboes (2nd. doubles cor anglais), 2 clarinets (2nd. doubling bass clarinet), 2 bassoons, 2 horns in F, trumpet in C, timpani, guiro, 5 bongo drums, 4 conga drums, bass drum, suspended cymbal, tambourine, claves, high cowbell, vibraphone, marimba, tubular bells, 2 synthesizers, and strings (minimum 6 1st. violins, 6 2nd., 5 violas, 5 cellos, 2 double basses)
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- Adams, John. "About the Piece - Violin Concerto". Los Angeles Philharmonic. Archived from the original on 24 January 2018.
- Christopher Latham, review of recording by Chloë Hanslip, Limelight, January 2007, p. 47
- sometimes written "♩ = 78", "I. = 78" or "Crotchet = 78"
- Schwartz, Steve (1998). "Classical Net Review - Adams - Violin Concerto, Shaker Loops". Classical Net. Retrieved 24 May 2019.