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Adams' "Alleged Dances" Deconstructed at SummerFest 2004

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Listen: "Habanero" and "Dogjam" by John Adams

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Opening a week of performances and conversations from La Jolla SummerFest 2004, NPR's Fred Child welcomes a quartet featuring violinist and SummerFest Artistic Director Cho-Liang (Jimmy) Lin to the stage. The ensemble performs and discusses two movements from "Alleged Dances," written by American composer John Adams in 1999.

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Lin is joined by violinist Leila Josefowicz, violist Paul Neubauer and cellist Haie-Ye Ni. The musicians talk with Child about the curious sense of humor that permeates Adams' work. "Alleged Dances" was written for a quartet and a "prepared" piano.

Invented by John Cage in the 1960s, a prepared piano is one that has foreign objects placed inside to allow for the creation of unique rhythmic constructions. The quartet at La Jolla used a pre-recorded track of the prepared piano part for its performance of "Habanera" and Dogjam."

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