The New York Times
A Composer Lets the Birds Call the Tune
By Zachary Woolfe
As the composer John Luther Adams once said of his work in an interview, “It began with birds.” The earliest piece in what Mr. Adams calls his active catalog is “songbirdsongs,” written from 1974 to 1980. In nine movements lasting just under an hour it places the listener in the middle of the natural world, the controlled chaos of birds, water and wind….
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