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Listening Guide: John Adams' Chamber Symphony, an eclectic delight

One of the great works of the late 20th century, the Chamber Symphony by John Adams is not yet well known, even among musicians. It can be a difficult work to wrap one's head around, given its highly original and eclectic nature, but is well worth the effort. In that spirit, here is a general overview with comments on each of three movements intended to deconstruct the piece a little bit, and to give those interested a few frames of reference for all that sound.

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