Inscribed by Pulitzer Prize-Winning Composer John Adams
Hallelujah Junction: Composing An American Life.
Item Number: 1179
New York: Farrare, Straus and Giroux, 2008.
First edition. Octavo, original half cloth. Inscribed by John Adams on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
Celebrated American composer and conductor Adams's memoir chronicles his life from his upbringing as a talented clarinetist in rural New England to his countercultural coming-of-age as a Harvard undergraduate in the 1960s to his embrace of the musical life and vibrant scene of the Bay Area. Adams writes candidly of his compositions and those of his contemporaries in language accessible to the lay reader. Adamsthrough his engaging orchestral works, such as the Pulitzer Prize-winning On the Transmigration of Souls and his several landmark "docu-operas" like Nixon in China and Doctor Atomichas emerged as one of the most admired of all living composers. "How Mr. Adams arrived at this particular harmonic language is largely the subject of his absorbing book, which at times reads like a quest narrative that travels through the whole landscape of twentieth-century music" (Chip McGrath, The New York Times).