Hallelujah Junction

Hallelujah Junction

Hallelujah Junction

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Hallelujah Junction is a piece written in 1996 for two pianos by the American composer John Adams. The name comes from a small truck stop on US 395 which meets Alternate US 40, (now State Route 70) near the California-Nevada border. Adams said of the piece, "Here we have a case of a great title looking for a piece. So now the piece finally exists: the 'junction' being the interlocking style of two-piano writing which features short, highly rhythmicized motives bouncing back and forth between the two pianos in tightly phased sequences".

The work centers around delayed repetition between the two pianos, creating an effect of echoing sonorities. There is a constant shift of pulse and meter, but the main rhythms are based on the rhythms of the word "Hal-le-LU-jah".

The work is in three unnamed movements, and generally takes about 15 minutes to perform. It was first performed by Grant Gershon and Gloria Cheng at the Getty Center in Brentwood, California in 1998. It is dedicated to Ernest Fleischmann.




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