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David Allen | The New York Times
John Luther Adams, Praying for the Earth in Music
2023

The composer has long been inspired by nature without sending an explicit political message. But his latest work takes on a newly urgent tone.

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Lea Wang | Harvard Political Review
The Politics of Prayer: John Luther Adams and Art that Reimagines Climate Change
2023

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.

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David Patrick Stearns | The Philadelphia Inquirer
John Luther Adams World Premiere Is a Prayer to Earth as We Know It
2023

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.

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Ted Gioia | The Honest Broker
The Brilliant Bad Decisions of John Luther Adams
2023

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. . .

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Carlton Wilkinson | Brunswick Review
Becoming JLA
2021

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Mark Swed
Becoming John Luther Adams: The evolution of one of America’s hottest composers
2018

Los Angeles Times, May 3, 2018

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Alex Ross
Water Music
2013

The New Yorker, July 8/15, 2013.

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Bernd Herzogenrath, ed.
The Farthest Place: The Music of John Luther Adams
Northeastern University Press, 2012

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.

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Alex Ross
Letter from Alaska (JLA Profile)
2008

The New Yorker, May 12, 2008

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Kyle Gann
John Luther Adams: American Composer
2002

Chamber Music Magazine, February 2002

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Adams's swelling orchestral work may be the loveliest apocalypse in musical history. - Alex Ross, New Yorker
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