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Adams, John - Absolute Jest (Full Score)
description: String Quartet & Orchestra

PublisherBoosey & Hawkes (New York)
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This propulsive concerto for string quartet and orchestra is built on fragments of Beethoven's late string quartets and other pieces.

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"Absolute Jest may well be the finest concerto for string quartet and orchestra ever written."
- Lawrence A. Johnson, Chicago Classical Review

"Absolute Jest is a work of terrific imagination and out-of-the-gate energy..."
- Richard Scheinin, San Jose Mercury News

"Adams' single-movement opus for string quartet and orchestra [Absolute Jest] is an audacious and affectionate riff on Beethoven's scherzos. Dense, roiling and furiously inventive, it emerges as a gripping 25-minute sonic joy ride."
- Georgia Rowe, Musical America

"The wedding between string quartet and orchestra was masterly…a significant addition to the increasingly impressive Adams canon."
- David Littlejohn, Wall Street Journal

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