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by Mark Sullivan
American composer John Luther Adams has long felt a connection with the natural environment, and Become Desert marks the conclusion of a trilogy he never intended to create. Become River (2010) was followed by 2013's Become Ocean (Cantaloupe Music, 2014), which won the Pulitzer Prize for music in 2014. Become Ocean divided the orchestra into three parts, creating a constantly shifting, dense texture that evoked the motion of ocean waves. Become Desert utilizes space to an even greater ...read more