Adams, John Luther (Composer/Author) & Berresford, Susan Vail (Recipient). WINTER MUSIC: COMPOSING THE NORTH. Middletown, CN: Wesleyan University Press, 2004. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 204 pages. Fine/Fine.

Retrospective collection of essays on music. Now considered a contemporary classic. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents John Luther Adams' "Winter Music: Composing The North". Reflections from Fairbanks, Alaska, where Adams lives and creates a unique musical world grounded in the elemental landscapes and indigenous cultures of the North. "Poetic and inspirational, delves into the environmental and cultural awareness that creates his reflective, almost spiritual, approach to music. The accompanying Audio CD includes two previously unrecorded works. Adams' music explores natural phenomena, from the songs of birds to the complex nature of chaos, fractal geometry, and elemental noise. Explores 'that region between place and culture, between environment and imagination', reflecting a philosophy of deep awareness that makes him one of the most original composers working today" (Publisher's blurb). "He sees art as invigorating, resonant, relevant. And, a welcome surprise, civic" (Barry Lopez). An absolute "must-have" title for John Luther Adams collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed, dated, and inscribed in black ink-pen on the front free endpaper by the composer/author: "For Susan Berresford, with gratitude and warm wishes, John Luther Adams 11.VI.11". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. Susan Vail Berresford was the President of the Ford Foundation from 1996-2007, supporting, among other worthy causes, Adams and his music. This title is a great book. This is the only such signed, dated, and inscribed copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Copies available online have serious flaws, are subsequent printings, or are remainder-marked. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare signed copy thus. Winner of the Grammy Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 2014 for "Become Ocean". One of the greatest composers of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER JOHN LUTHER ADAMS TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0819567426. $150.00

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