Mark Adamo

Making Room for Melismatic Embroidery

WORDS BY MILES FORRESTER & MICHAEL ZARATHUS-COOK

NEW YORK — MUSIC — Issue 8

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Composer and librettist, Mark Adamo, writes as if he was an actor: he finds the character and emotion of the music, when he crafts his pieces, by experiencing them himself. It’s why he still tears up when he hears the recording by Houston’s River Oaks Chamber Orchestra of his new cello concerto titled Last Year. That piece is an interpellation of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, projected through the prism of the climate crisis. Composing Last Year was a process of becoming conscious of a disaster many of us instinctually ignore. This method is also why he’s an excellent interview subject: he moves intuitively between first and second person when he’s telling a story, pulling the listener...

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Mark Adamo by Daniel Welch

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