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2023 John Luther Adams, Praying for the Earth in Music
The composer has long been inspired by nature without sending an explicit political message. But his latest work takes on a newly urgent tone.
2023 The Politics of Prayer: John Luther Adams and Art that Reimagines Climate Change
At the end of March, the Philadelphia Orchestra premiered “Vespers of the Blessed Earth,” the most recent work of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Luther Adams. Critics have described “Vespers” as a marked, climate change-inspired departure from Adams’ previous compositions — ”direct and message-driven”; a score that “mourns and damns, and declares where in the past Adams might have simply observed.” But Adams is surprised that reception to “Vespers” has invoked so much politics.
2023 John Luther Adams World Premiere Is a Prayer to Earth as We Know It
Long known as America’s “eco-composer,” John Luther Adams goes to the depths of the Grand Canyon and into the Colorado River in his new piece, Vespers of the Blessed Earth, with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Crossing choir in tow.
2023 The Brilliant Bad Decisions of John Luther Adams
He never finished high school, took demanding work outside of music, moved to a cabin in Alaska, etc. Can you really win a Pulitzer Prize this way? Well, yes. . .
2018 Becoming John Luther Adams: The evolution of one of America’s hottest composers
Los Angeles Times, May 3, 2018
2013 Water Music
The New Yorker, July 8/15, 2013.
The Farthest Place: The Music of John Luther Adams Northeastern University Press
The Farthest Place, the first book-length study of JLA’s work, includes essays by Alex Ross, Kyle Gann, Steven Schick, Glenn Kotche and other prominent musicians and scholars.
2008 Letter from Alaska (JLA Profile)
The New Yorker, May 12, 2008
2002 John Luther Adams: American Composer
Chamber Music Magazine, February 2002
Adams's swelling orchestral work may be the loveliest apocalypse in musical history. - Alex Ross, New Yorker
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