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Ives Country Band March Copland Appalachian Spring - Suite Carter Variations for Orchestra John Adams Absolute Jest for String Quartet and Orchestra
John Adams conductor St Lawrence String Quartet London Symphony Orchestra
The use of quotations from other works is explored in this programme conducted by John Adams: Copland’s Appalachian Spring makes use of the Shaker melody Simple Gifts, whilst Ives parodies the performance of a country band using an impressive list of quotations including London Bridge and Yankee Doodle. Adams’ own Absolute Jest incorporates more than a half dozen Beethoven fragments, mostly from the late string quartets.