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2(II=picc).picc.2.2.corA.2 (II-A).bcl.2.cbn.-4.2.2.0.-perc(1): almgl/b dr/sn dr-honky tonk piano-solo piano-bs gtr-strings


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Territory
This work is available from Boosey & Hawkes for the world.

World Premiere
3/7/2019
Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, CA
Yuja Wang, piano / Los Angeles Philharmonic / Gustavo Dudamel
Press Quotes

"It’s true, the ‘Devil’ is up to his old tricks. But what a devil! And what tricks!” —LA Times

“His latest work definitely leans in the trickster direction as per its mischievous title… like Century Rolls, it bristles with a percussive, highly-rhythmic, technically fearsome piano part… an excitable, satisfying, boisterous vehicle for Wang and Dudamel.” —Musical America

“This is a city piece: all steel girders and glass monoliths, pounding factory rhythms and fatally seductive temptations around every corner — very much the modern-day equivalent of a Lisztian “Totentanz” that Adams has said he was aiming to create… a Prokofiev-style piano concerto, retrofitted with minimalist rhythmic cells, bebop bursts of brass and ironic commentary from a sampled, out-of-tune, honky-tonk piano… driving syncopations and a riot of orchestral color building to a satisfying finish”. —Washington Post

“The central section is one of Adams’s most evocative interludes. The electric bass provides a dark, shadowy bottom to the strings legato expressive sheen, as the piano casts a web of glistening melodic threads up above. But soon the nocturne idyll is broken… and the concerto takes off in a final section of pure energy.” —San Francisco Classical Voice

“Uneasily Fascinating … beautifully disconcerting concerto” —New York Times



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