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John Luther Adams

Three High Places (in memory of Gordon Wright) (2007)
Taiga Press (BMI)
Solo Works (excluding keyboard)
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10 Minutes
Alternate Orchestration

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John Luther Adams Three High Places (in memory of Gordon Wright) (2007)
Gordon Wright was the friend of a lifetime. For thirty years Gordon and I shared our two greatest passions: music and Alaska. Gordon was my musical collaborator, my next-door neighbour, my fellow environmentalist and my camping buddy. These miniatures are musical sketches of three moments and places in our friendship.

Like Alaska, Gordon was larger than life. He always lived his own way. And he died just as he would have wanted. We found him lying on the deck of his cabin in the Chugach Mountains, curled up against his favourite birch tree, looking across the waters of Turnagain Arm toward the Resurrection Valley and the tiny settlement of Hope.

This music contains no normal stopped tones. All the sounds are produced as natural harmonics or on open strings. There are no harmonics higher than the sixth. So these sounds should be clear and resonant. Even so, balancing the harmonics with the open strings requires careful attention.

The durations of the individual pieces are given at the end of each. The total duration of the set is about ten minutes.

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