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- DescriptionDid Alaska create the music of John Luther Adams, or did the music create his Alaska? For the past thirty years, the vastness of Alaska has swept through the distant reaches of the composer's imagination and every corner of his compositions. In this new book Adams proposes an ideal of musical ecology, the philosophical foundation on which his largest, most complex musical work is based. This installation, also called The Place Where You Go to Listen, is a sound and light environment that gives voice to the cycles of sunlight and darkness, the phases of the moon, the seismic rhythms of the earth, and the dance of the aurora borealis. Adams describes this work as a place for hearing the unheard music of the world around us. The book includes two seminal essays, the composer's journal telling the story of the day-to-day emergence of The Place, as well as musical tations, graphs and illustrations of geophysical phemena.
- Author BiographyJOHN LUTHER ADAMS is one of the most distinctive voices in the American musical landscape, and author of Winter Music (2004). He lives outside Fairbanks. ALEX ROSS is the music critic for the New Yorker, and author of The Rest Is Noise (2007).
- Author(s)Alex Ross,John Luther Adams
- PublisherUniversity Press of New England
- Date of Publication28/04/2009
- SubjectMusic & Dance
- Place of PublicationHanover
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintWesleyan University Press
- Content Note21 illus. (4 colour)
- Weight340 g
- Width210 mm
- Height203 mm
- Spine15 mm
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