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The Immeasurable Space of Tones

for Violin, Vibraphone, Piano, Sustaining Keyboard and Contrabass

By John Luther Adams

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Score and Parts Mixed Ensemble (Score & Parts)
For Violin, Vibraphone, Piano, Sustaining Keyboard and Contrabass. Composed by John Luther Adams (1953-). Music Sales America. Classical. Set. Duration 1800 seconds. Chester Music #CH85987. Published by Chester Music (HL.233289).

Item Number: HL.233289

12.0x9.25x0.43 inches.

Score and separate parts with spiral-bound keyboard/organ part. "Number 5, 1950 was Mark Rothko's last painting before the breakthrough into his mature format. In it the luminous color fields of a classic Rothko are inscribed across the middle with three delicate lines. Describing this painting and its pivotal position in Rothko's work, Brian O'Doherty observes: 'After this, the lines disappear completely.' In recent years gesture and figuration have disappeared from my music. What used to be background has emerged to become a musical world composed entirely of floating color fields. In this new world I've changed media, moving from the orchestra to smaller combinations of acoustical instruments and electronically-processed sounds. I still think in orchestral terms, but this hybrid medium allows me to create orchestral textures for more practical and readily available ensembles. Initially I imagined this as a kind of monolithic music -an entire piece as one rich and complex sound. Then I came to hear it as homophonic or heterophonic. And now - in this musical world that I thought was completely free of lines - I've come to hear a polyphony of harmonic clouds. Maybe the lines never disappear completely. Maybe Christian Wolff was right when he quipped: 'No matter what we do, sooner or later it all sounds melodic.'" - John Luther Adams.

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