RNCM Symphony Orchestra: John Adams’ Harmonielehre at Royal Northern College of Music

RNCM Symphony Orchestra: John Adams’ Harmonielehre
Royal Northern College of Music
3rd November 2023

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Photo credit: Robin Clewley
Photo credit: Robin Clewley

Join RNCM Symphony Orchestra for an unforgettable evening of music.

Surprisingly lyrical selections make way for one of John Adams’ most iconic works. A rarely performed masterpiece, Harmonielehre shares its name with Arnold Schoenberg’s prolific study of tonal harmony published in 1911. Listeners are taken on a harmonic expedition as Adams explores the sonic landscape of late Romanticism through the lens of minimalism.

Is it a symphony? Some would say yes others would say no. It is, however, a 40-minute suite in three movements, partly inspired by tonal philosophy, partly inspired by Adam’s dreams, and undoubtedly an incredible piece of music.

György Ligeti Lontano
Howard Skempton Lento
Tansy Davies re-greening
John Adams Harmonielehre

Clark Rundell conductor
RNCM Symphony Orchestra

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