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John Adams - Short Ride in a Fast Machine [WIP]


Uploaded on Dec 10, 2017

Link to complete professional performance by the BBC symphony orchestra: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LoUm_r7It8

I did not compose this and have no rights to it at all (which is why I have not reproduced the entire score here)

John Adams completed Short Ride in a Fast Machine in 1986. He applies the description "fanfare for orchestra" to this work and to the earlier 'Tromba Lontana'. The former is also known as Fanfare for Great Woods because it was commissioned for the Great Woods Festival of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. As a commentary on the title Adams inquires, "You know how it is when someone asks you to ride in a terrific sports car, and then you wish you hadn't?" This work is an iconic example of Adams's postminimal style, which is utilized in other works like Phrygian Gates, Shaker Loops, and Nixon in China. This style derives from minimalism as defined by the works of Steve Reich, Terry Riley, and Philip Glass, although it proceeds to "make use of minimalist techniques in more dramatic settings."

Short Ride in a Fast Machine premiered in 1986, when it was performed by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Short Ride in a Fast Machine has been generally well received in terms of performance, according to a report in 2008 that places the fanfare as "the tenth most-performed orchestral work composed in the last twenty-five years." Short ride in a fast machine was performed at the BBC Proms on Saturday July 24, 2004, and on Thursday September 4, 2014.
[from Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Short_Ride_in_a_Fast_Machine ]

I think that this is a great piece to study for anyone interested composition or arrangement or orchestration

postminimalist

Pages 4
Duration 01:01
Measures 51
Key signature natural
Parts 45
Part names Piccolo(2), Flute(2), Oboe(2), English Horn, Clarinet(4), Bassoon(4), French Horn(4), Trumpet(4), Trombone(3), Tuba, Timpani, Percussion(10), Brass Ensemble(2), Strings(5)
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SO great to see some John Adams here. Can't wait to see it finished!
Thanks, though this probably won't ever be a finished score. The work is copyright and I only own half the score.
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that looks like such a great resource, thanks for sharing

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