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The Farthest Place
The Music of John Luther Adams
Bernd Herzogenrath, ed.

Northeastern University Press
2012 • 320 pp. 57 figs. 18 tables. 6 1/8 x 9 1/4"
Composer/Musician / Contemporary Music

$40.00 Paperback, 978-1-55553-763-0
$85.00 Hardcover, 978-1-55553-762-3

$38.99 Ebook, 978-1-55553-764-7

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(Cloth edition is un-jacketed.
Cover illustration is for paperback edition only)

“If you are interested in Adams’s music, or might want to be, or just want to know something about a serious, contemporary American composer, this book is necessary.”—Fanfare

The first critical anthology of an important and singular contemporary composer

The artistic heir of sonic artists such as John Cage and James Tenney, John Luther Adams is one of the most significant and highly regarded contemporary American composers. The Farthest Place is the first critical look at the work of the composer whom the New Yorker critic Alex Ross has called “one of the most original musical thinkers of the new century.”

While often identified with the Alaska that so inspires him, Adams is anything but a regionalist. Though inspired by the wild and open nature that surrounds him, “Adams does not represent nature through music. He creates tonal territories that resonate with nature—immersive listening experiences that evoke limitless distance, suspended time, deep longing and even transcendence.”

In addition to the New Yorker piece by Alex Ross, and original essays by Kyle Gann and Wilco’s own Glenn Kotche, The Farthest Place includes essays by scholars, critics, composers, and performers, merging theoretical and historical observations, musical and environmental questions with analytical discourse and personal commentaries on Adams’s music and thought.

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“John Luther Adams has created some of the most vast sounding and beautiful music I’ve ever heard. It is wonderful to read such an eloquent range of musicians attesting to the wide impact of JLA’s art and approach to music making.” —Richard Reed Parry, Arcade Fire

“John Luther Adams has fashioned a music that is both of and about the world that we live in. The Farthest Place is an invaluable contribution to our understanding of Adams’s oeuvre, shedding generous light upon art, craft and spirit in equal measure.” —Steve Smith, music editor, Time Out New York

BERND HERZOGENRATH is a professor of American studies at the Goethe University, Frankfurt. He is the author of numerous books, including The Films of Tod Browning and An American Body|Politic: A Deleuzian Approach.

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