Random Harvest of Thoughts: CITY NOIR by John Adams

The Summer of Darkness has come and gone but the thirst for noir still remains.

My Dad recently told me about a piece of music written by modern American composer John Adams.  I have liked some of Adams’ other works so I thought I would give this one a try, especially after my Dad told me that the piece was meant to be part of a soundtrack to an imaginary film noir.  I listened to it and definitely felt the influence of noir on his work, and decided to share it with all of you.  I think that you’ll enjoy this piece, even if you aren’t usually a fan of modern classical music.  Here is an article about Adams’ more recent saxophone concerto (2104) which was inspired by City Noir (2009).

Without further ado…City Noir.

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4 thoughts on “Random Harvest of Thoughts: CITY NOIR by John Adams

  1. realthog August 30, 2015 / 3:00 pm

    I too like quite a lot of Adams’s work, and know this piece well! Good to see it being promoted!

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  2. Virgil T. Morant September 12, 2015 / 5:21 pm

    John Adams has been a friend to the Cleveland Orchestra (my local band) and vice versa. I remember my first season as a subscriber they premiered his Century Rolls with soloist Emanuel Ax, and they program his music as much as any other contemporary composer. He’s also conducted the Orchestra. So, when I was flipping around the classic cinema Twitter, I was delighted to see his face on one of the pages, a meeting of a couple of the things I enjoy. Nice post.

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