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Short Ride in a Fast Machine
John Adams Lyrics

We have lyrics for these tracks by John Adams:

Chorus of Exiled Jews When I paid off the taxi I had no money left And,…
Chorus of Exiled Palestinians My father's house was razed In nineteen forty-eight When t…
Dandelion Wishes How would it be if I never found you Would your…
Harmonielehre: II. The Anfortas Wound How do I know if I love you? When I sure…
I'm Like a Bird You're beautiful and that's for sure You'll never ever fade …
Nixon in China: Act I CHOU: Your flight was smooth, I hope? NIXON: Oh yes, smooth…
Sweet and Lovely Sweet and lovely Sweeter than the roses in May Sweet and l…
Things That Make You Beautiful When I hold back the tears You know the words my…

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It is rare that percussion gets the leading role in any symphonic piece.  It looks like jOhn Adams wanted the entire orchestra out of breath by the end of this fascinating and enjoyable piece. How can anybody sit still and experience this performance?!!

Daniel Lynch

Have a listen to Nielsen Symphony 5! There’s a super central snare part there!

Ethan Liang

This piece is a fanfare, which features a dominant brass section.

John Appleseed

percussion Concertos???

Muriel Orcutt

Marin Alsop is a Model for all female conductors in the World. I was lucky enough to play this piece with her as a conductor..... What an amazing person she is.... We need many more conductors like her!

Bas Koolenbrander

You can easily see who her idol and teacher has been ... She dances as joyful as Bernstein in front op the orchestra. Alsop; beautiful conductor.

Imogen Morris

Drew Law i sang in her bernstein mass as well!!

Drew Law

Katherynn Hamilton Hello! I sang for her in Bernstein’s Mass, seven or eight years sgo😀 “before she was famous” and she was just brilliant. Hugged pretty much everyone afterwards too. Stay safe, Katherynn

Katherynn Hamilton

@Drew Law She is! She talks about what it was like in an interview I saw once

Hal Bos

Great comparison and observation. She is up there with the greats such as Bernstein, von Karajan, Ozawa, Leopold Stowkowski...

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