JOHN LUTHER ADAMS (b.1953): Canticles of the Holy Wind for Choir.
Catalogue Number: 06S078
Description: The New York Times described this as an "...hypnotic and ethereally beautiful invocation of wind, sky and birdsong", which is about right, except that they probably meant 'evocation'. Adams uses music to describe the natural world as a place of majesty and spiritual solace, and the layers of consonant sonic cloud-textures and birdsong for four choirs of eight voices (with some bell- like percussion) are mesmerizing. Minimalistic patterning suggests the perpetual but not progressive movement of celestial bodies and weather phenomena, with some similarities to Glass and 'spiritual minimalism', or the radiant pulsations of Giles Swayne's seminal 'Cry' for 28 solo voices. Adams has addressed similar skyscapes before (for example 02Q069), and the overall work might best be described as a less weighty, more ethereal answer to the composer's epic Become Ocean (10Q010). The Crossing; Donald Nally.