John Adams - Shaker Loops

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Shaker Loops by John Adams is a really good example of a first try going wrong and having to go back to the drawing board. 

Shaker Loops began as a string quartet called 'Wavemaker' in which Adams tried to emulate the ripple effect of bodies of water in his music. Good idea but unfortunately it crashed and burned at its first performance becuase the composers thechnique at the time wasn’t quite up t the inspiration. Once he scored the piece for a larger more varied ensemble and incorporated the ‘loops’ idea where rhythm and meloday could repeat over and over again under the surface he had a sucess on his hands. the piece is probably Adam’s most performaed work and has been used in several film scores.

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