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Phrygian Gates

Piano Solo

By John Adams

Piano, Piano/Keyboard - SMP Level 10 (Advanced)
Piano Solo. Composed by John Adams (1947-). Piano Solo (no lyrics). Classical, Concert Music, Contemporary. 64 pages. G. Schirmer #AMP7860-2. Published by G. Schirmer (HL.50236310).

Item Number: HL.50236310

9.0x12.0x0.224 inches.

About SMP Level 10 (Advanced)

Very advanced level, very difficult note reading, frequent time signature changes, virtuosic level technical facility needed.

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  • 5

    Murray State University
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  • June 08, 2009 Phrygian Gates

    One of the most beautiful and spiritual works ever written. There is a true depth here. A deep understanding of the universe and musics relation to it. Adams has tapped in to something. And the world deserves to experience its aura.

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  • 5

    Ryan MacEvoy McCullough
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  • August 08, 2002 Phrygian Gates

    "Phrygian Gates" is probably my favorite 20th century piano work. John Adams does an outstanding job using minimalist techniques to create a lush harmonic and rythmic texture. There is also quite a range of emotions. From delicate to bombastic to dark to dramatic, Adams never fails to please the listener...

    . This is definatly not a piece for the amataur pianist. First off, it's very technically demanding, and also long and hard to memorize (~26 minutes, 64 pages, 1050+ measures). However, Adams did write a similar piece called "China Gates." It's just as enjoyable and much less technically demanding.

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