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    Signature characteristics in the piano music of John Adams


    Conway, Eoin (2009) Signature characteristics in the piano music of John Adams. Maynooth Musicology: Postgraduate Journal, 2. pp. 220-235.

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    Abstract

    Recognition of music, the ability to hear an excerpt and determine (for example) its composer, is made possible by our unconscious awareness of the music’s unique patterns of musical features. One could compare it with the study of fingerprints, though voice recognition is a more suitable analogy. The aim of this chapter is to bring to light the features which enable recognition of John Adams’s piano music, and to trace the origins and development of those features. Since Adams composes al the piano, and since a majority of his works have been written for piano or for ensembles including a piano, this will go some way towards making a general study of his compositional style.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Signature characteristics; piano music; John Adams; Maynooth Musicology;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts,Celtic Studies and Philosophy > Music
    Item ID: 9480
    Depositing User: IR Editor
    Date Deposited: 15 May 2018 10:57
    Journal or Publication Title: Maynooth Musicology: Postgraduate Journal
    Publisher: Maynooth Musicology
    Refereed: Yes
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