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John Adams' "Harmonium" at 40

John Adams' "Harmonium" sets the poetry of John Donne and Emily Dickinson.Deborah O'Grady

John Adams' "Harmonium" at 40


October 13, 2021

John Adams’ career has ventured far afield from its very “minimalist” origins, but for his fans, a number of those early works remain big favorites. “Harmonium” for large chorus and orchestra marks its 40th anniversary this year, and Steve Seel showcases it this week — in addition to music by Sarah Kirkland Snider, Marc Mellits, Minnesota-based composer Jeffrey Brooks, and more.