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A Brief Descent into Deep Time  (2022)
SATB; perc/org

Commissioned by Kings Place, London. Co-Commissioned by The Cork International Choral Festival/Chamber Choir Ireland with funds from The Arts Council of Ireland/An Chomhairle Ealaion and Carnegie Hall.

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In the Name of the Earth  (2017)
for massed voices

Commissioned by Lincoln Center

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Canticles of the Holy Wind  (2013)
for four choirs and vocal soloists
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Commissioned by Chamber Choir Kamer and The Crossing Choir

Recorded on Cantaloupe Music

“[A] hypnotic and ethereally beautiful invocation of wind, sky and birdsong … Adams’s “Canticles” seems to achieve a new symbiosis, folding natural sounds into mathematically ordered patterns. The resulting music combines the pristine freshness of nature with the sheltering symmetries of Gothic architecture.” —New York Times

“…the sense of space is an Adams thumbprint — as is the spiritual aura that comes as a consequence.” —Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle

Canticles of the Sky  (2013)
for four choirs (SATB)

JLA with John Haines

Little Cosmic Dust Poem  (2007)
poem by John Haines
for voice (medium) and piano
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Poem of the Forgotten  (2004)
poem by John Haines
for voice (medium) and piano
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magic song for one who wishes to live and the dead who climb up to the sky  (1990)
for voice (medium) and piano
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Commissioned by New Songs

Selections from Forest Without Leaves (1984)
poems by John Haines
for vocal soloists (SATB), chorus (SATB) and chamber orchestra

Commissioned by the Arctic Chamber Orchestra

Recorded on Owl Recording

“…sensitive, stately, solemn, dramatic… Forest Without Leaves deserves a wider hearing.”—Option

“…Forest Without Leaves is a work which is both moving and coherent, with a message whose time has come.” —Chorus!

Night Peace  (1976)
for antiphonal choirs (SATB), solo soprano, harp, percussion
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Commissioned by the Atlanta Singers

Recorded on New Albion Records

“…Night Peace is what new choral music is all about.” —John Schaefer, National Public Radio

up into the silence  (1978/84)
poem by e e cummings
for voice (medium) and piano