At a Glance
Welcome to American Soundscapes, the culmination of a five-day
workshop that features three young conductors and an instrumental
ensemble of young artists, all coached by John Adams and
David Robertson. Led by two of the most compelling figures in
American music, this workshop focused on American 20th- and
21st-century music, as well as on the collaboration between composer,
conductor, and ensemble in realizing new scores.
The United States has always been known as a country ripe with
ingenuity, discovery, and creative risk. Musically, this reputation
also holds true, especially with the composers and works on
tonight's program. All four composers featured this evening have
taken the plunge to create a sound world that is uniquely their
own. These four compositions could also be considered breakthrough
in the American tradition that affected not only the respective composer's own
practices, but many who came after. Through these composers'
distinct styles, the audience will be treated to a complex web of
melodic and rhythmic layering that runs the gamut from meditative
reflection to frenzied agitation, from minimalism to bitonality,
and from folk to rock.