Saturday, January 4, 2014

Saturday Short

Today's short is John Adams's lovely Harmonielehre, Part 3, Barnett Newman (1984-1985). Edo de Waart conducts the San Francisco Symphony. All artworks are by Color Field painter Barnett Newman (1905-1970).

Adams composed Harmonielehre (roughly, "the book of harmony") as a commission for the "Meet the Composer Orchestra" program in which Adams was resident (the piece premiered and was recorded for Nonesuch in 1985). Read Adams's notes on his composition. 

Part 1 and Part 2 of Harmonielehre 

John Adam's Blog Hell Mouth

John Adams on FaceBook and Twitter

Barnett Newman Foundation

Barnett Newman at The Art Story

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