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Hallelujah Junction: Composing an American Life (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 2. Oktober 2008

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""No book I know of better captures the thrill of a moment of artistic freedom and innovation. . . . This is a book that any aspiring artist, in any medium, should read as a kind of how-to guide to achieving artistic success without losing integrity. . . . A book for anyone who wants to create something--including a self."--David Rollow, "The Boston Globe """ "How Mr. Adams arrived at this particular harmonic language is largely the subject of his absorbing book, which at times reads like a quest narrative that travels through the whole landscape of twentieth-century music."--Chip McGrath, "The New York Times""" "A lively, witty prose writer. . . . It's the range of Adams's musical appetites and intellectual hunger that leaves the strongest impression. This is a man who swallows whole new worlds with every fresh project he takes on--and makes his discoveries new for the rest of us."--Michael Upchurch, "The Seattle Times""" "Engrossing . . . Like his music, Adams's voice in "Hallelujah Junction" is both playful and thoughtful, unafraid of making big emotional statements but obsessed with making sure those statements are precisely crafted. . . . An original and inspired book."--Wynne Delacoma, "Chicago Sun-Times""" "John Adams is the voice of America . . . thoughtful, amusing, analytical--and a good writer. . . . To read something so intelligent, reasoned, and caring sure feels good these days."--Mark Swed, "Los Angeles Times"

"Thoughtful, amusing, analytical . . . John Adams is the voice of America."--Mark Swede, "Los Angeles Times " ""Hallelujah Junction" stands . . . among the most readably incisive autobiographies of major musical figures."--David Hajdu", The New York Times Book Review"

No book I know of better captures the thrill of a moment of artistic freedom and innovation. . . . This is a book that any aspiring artist, in any medium, should read as a kind of how-to guide to achieving artistic success without losing integrity. . . . A book for anyone who wants to create something--including a self. "David Rollow, The Boston Globe"

How Mr. Adams arrived at this particular harmonic language is largely the subject of his absorbing book, which at times reads like a quest narrative that travels through the whole landscape of twentieth-century music. "Chip McGrath, The New York Times"

A lively, witty prose writer. . . . It's the range of Adams's musical appetites and intellectual hunger that leaves the strongest impression. This is a man who swallows whole new worlds with every fresh project he takes on--and makes his discoveries new for the rest of us. "Michael Upchurch, The Seattle Times"

Engrossing . . . Like his music, Adams's voice in "Hallelujah Junction" is both playful and thoughtful, unafraid of making big emotional statements but obsessed with making sure those statements are precisely crafted. . . . An original and inspired book. "Wynne Delacoma, Chicago Sun-Times"

John Adams is the voice of America . . . thoughtful, amusing, analytical--and a good writer. . . . To read something so intelligent, reasoned, and caring sure feels good these days. "Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times"

Thoughtful, amusing, analytical . . . John Adams is the voice of America. "Mark Swede, Los Angeles Times"

"Hallelujah Junction" stands . . . among the most readably incisive autobiographies of major musical figures. "David Hajdu, The New York Times Book Review""

No book I know of better captures the thrill of a moment of artistic freedom and innovation. . . . This is a book that any aspiring artist, in any medium, should read as a kind of how-to guide to achieving artistic success without losing integrity. . . . A book for anyone who wants to create something--including a self. David Rollow, The Boston Globe

How Mr. Adams arrived at this particular harmonic language is largely the subject of his absorbing book, which at times reads like a quest narrative that travels through the whole landscape of twentieth-century music. Chip McGrath, The New York Times

A lively, witty prose writer. . . . It's the range of Adams's musical appetites and intellectual hunger that leaves the strongest impression. This is a man who swallows whole new worlds with every fresh project he takes on--and makes his discoveries new for the rest of us. Michael Upchurch, The Seattle Times

Engrossing . . . Like his music, Adams's voice in Hallelujah Junction is both playful and thoughtful, unafraid of making big emotional statements but obsessed with making sure those statements are precisely crafted. . . . An original and inspired book. Wynne Delacoma, Chicago Sun-Times

John Adams is the voice of America . . . thoughtful, amusing, analytical--and a good writer. . . . To read something so intelligent, reasoned, and caring sure feels good these days. Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times

Thoughtful, amusing, analytical . . . John Adams is the voice of America. Mark Swede, Los Angeles Times

Hallelujah Junction stands . . . among the most readably incisive autobiographies of major musical figures. David Hajdu, The New York Times Book Review

" -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.

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John Adams is one of the most admired and performed living composers. A musician of enormous range and technical command, he has built a huge audience worldwide through the immediacy and sincerity of his music. "Hallelujah Junction" isn't so much an autobiography as a fascinating journey through the musical landscape of his life and times, centred around the three highly controversial operas based on social and political issues he has written in the past twenty-five years - "Nixon in China", "The Death of Klinghoffer" and, most recently, "Dr Atomic". -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Composer as Storyteller 19. Januar 2010
Von Dr. Debra Jan Bibel - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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John Adams' background, rise, and development to perhaps the foremost American classical composer alive is well examined in this autobiography. A fan of his compositions from the outset and having seen many of their performances sometimes with Adams conducting, I find additional resonance with his rich and lively descriptions of nearby locales, characters, musics, and events, since I, just two years his senior, had lived under similar and often the same musical and socio-cultural influences in the Bay Area. Adams' takes on John Cage, early electronica, and Miminalism's Steve Reich and Philip Glass are keen, full of peer insights. Adams acknowledges that he discovered his voice, his own unique compositional style, at age 30 after a long series of avant-garde experimentation. His influences besides classical composers, including Wagner and Ives, were psychedelic rock (e.g., Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrex, Janis Joplin, and the Grateful Dead) as well as jazz greats (e.g., Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, Eric Dolphy, and John Coltrane). Adams is a Boomer composer who lived the alternative and experimental musical life. In 1981, his choral symphony "Harmonium" premiered at the inaugural of Davis Symphony Hall of the San Francisco Symphony. It launched him, providing an international reputation and a major record label, Nonesuch. (Later, his "Dharma at Big Sur" celebrated the opening of Disney Hall, home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.) His second punch was "Grand Pianola Music", whose conceptual source was an LSD memory of his attending a Rudolf Serkin concert of Beethoven's Emperor Concerto; the keyboard of Serkin's Steinway seemed to be continually expanding.

The early years of Adams' upbringing, training, surviving with odd jobs, and becoming established were the most interesting for me, as it illustrates the social forces and dispositions that make the person. The later and current years are the increasing successes of an international musical leader, and the parade of orchestras, conducting, travels, and assorted musical stars are as we expect, although much of the details of creating a composition and performance are particularly worthy. I found his perspectives on music, musicians, and the actual work and struggle of composing always edifying. Reading the autobiographies and biographies of composers have a historical and analytical purpose, but this nontechnical book is contemporary in every way, making it attractive to the general reader, not just the musicologist or classical music fan. Adams is only in his early 60s and far from retirement. There will probably be a future updated account of life long after we revel in his forthcoming compositions.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Superb in Every Way 5. Januar 2009
Von gtra1n - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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So as not to diminish my thoughts on this book, I should first mention that I am a great lover of Adams' music, and as a composer always interested in what other composers have to write about themselves. That being said, this is a wonderful book in every way. Adams is a graceful and charming writer, and the book runs on several parallel and intertwined courses that are mutually supportive, like elegant counterpoint. He recounts his personal and professional life, and along the way examines himself, his art and the music of other colleagues. His critical evaluation of his own work and that of others is exceptionally clear, well-considered and wise, and his thoughts on what it takes to be a composer, what he feels is the right path, and his own experiences of the difficulties of living as a serious, creative artist in America are sober and courageous. I find myself constantly re-reading passages simply for the pleasure of the insight of his thoughts and his ability to express them.

This is a book for all readers, not just specialists or fans. It's an exceptional autobiography of any kind, of any figure in contemporary American life, and for anyone interested in classical music in general, and the current iterations, this book demands to be read. This will be as essential a part of the literature of music as Adams' own work is an essential part of the history of music itself.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Halleluja Junction 11. Juli 2011
Von Peter R. Lewy - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This is a wonderful book by one of our most renowned modern composers. It is beautifully written and very thoughtful and insightful with regard to music in general and the art of composing "rlevant" music in this day and age. There are also many interesting recountings of the conception, evolution and production of many of Adams' operatic and orchestral works. Finally Adams provides us with wry insights into his own character and progress. Five stars!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen a classical? musical tour of the 60's and beyond 22. Juni 2010
Von K. T. Brookes - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I really enjoyed this book. There is history, biography,discussion of musical history and style- all written in an engaging style. Since I performed a few if this composer's works i was especially interested in knowing how those pieces came to exist. In addition, the author is relaxed and open about his human imperfections, so the reader can laugh, groan, whatever is appropriate, right along with John Adams.

The book is a keeper.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Good book 29. Januar 2010
Von Dutiful son-in-law - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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My spouse loved this book, and I got points for getting it for her for Christmas. She is not a musician but loves classical music. Well written, entertaining, informative were her comments. Adams' philosophy of music and views on modern classical music.
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