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Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Composer John Adams has written a significant amount of work in honor of his friends and colleagues. Tonight we feature his 40th birthday present to conductor Sir Simon Rattle, "Lollapalooza."


Adams characterizes the word "Lollapalooza" as an "archetypical" American word which "suggests something large, outlandish, oversized, not unduly refined." The internal rhythm of the word itself makes repeated appearances in the orchestra, until being suddenly cut off in what the composer calls "a terminal thwack on timpani and bass drum."


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