What do the Road Runner cartoon and Arnold Schoenberg have in common? The answer is John Adams’s Chamber Symphony. While Adams was studying the score to Schoenberg’s Chamber Symphony, his son was watching cartoons in an adjacent room. Frenetic cartoon music mixed with Schoenberg’s in Adams’s head and an idea was hatched. The final movement of Adams’s work is named “Roadrunner.”
Hear Ensemble ACJW perform in real life this Saturday, May 10 at 8 PM on a program that starts with Schoenberg’s Chamber Symphony No. 1 and ends with John Adams’s Chamber Symphony.
Get a taste of Schoenberg's Chamber Symphony No. 1 being performed by the Berlin Philharmonic:
Listen to the music in this snippet from the Road Runner cartoon:
Now listen to a snippet from Adams's Chamber Symphony performed by NOVUS NY at Trinity Wall Street:
As you can see, Ensemble ACJW is a group who knows its way around cartoon music: