• John Adams
  • China Gates (1977)

  • Associated Music Publishers Inc (World)
  • pf
  • 5 min

Programme Note




China Gates is an almost perfect palindrome which was composed for the seventeen-year-old Sarah Cahill. It oscillates between two modal worlds, only it does so with extreme delicacy. It strikes me now as a piece calling for real attention to detail of dark, light, and the shadows that exist between them.

--John Adams

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