The John Adams Reader

This collection of 59 essays--comprising the first full-length book in English on the music of American composer John Adams--contains mostly reprints by critics and musicologists.

The John Adams Reader

Author: Thomas Robert May

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 9781574671322

Page: 455

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This collection of 59 essays--comprising the first full-length book in English on the music of American composer John Adams--contains mostly reprints by critics and musicologists. Also compiled are new interviews with Adams, his colleagues, collaborators, and performers of his music; program and liner notes on his works from 1978 to 2005; and secti

John Adams Abigail Adams

Delegate to the Continental Congress, and vice president and president of the United States, John Adams is a hero in American history.

John Adams  Abigail Adams

Author: Christina Wilsdon

Publisher: Benchmark Education Company

ISBN: 1450929524

Page:

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Delegate to the Continental Congress, and vice president and president of the United States, John Adams is a hero in American history. His wife, Abigail, an independent, strong, and capable woman, is as well. What was life like for these two patriots? How did they remain true to each other and to their convictions? Read these biographies to find out.

Orientalism and the Operatic World

Adams, Hallelujah Junction, 67. 56. Ibid., 134. 57. Ibid., 132, 135. 58. Rupert
Christensen in May, The John Adams Reader, 251. 59. Interview with May, The
John Adams Reader, 240. 60. Quoted in Christensen's chapter of May, The John
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Orientalism and the Operatic World

Author: Nicholas Tarling

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1442245441

Page: 354

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Nicholas Tarling’s Orientalism and the Operatic World places opera in the context of its steady globalization over the last two centuries, offering key insights into such notable operas as George Frederic Handel’s Berenice, Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida, Giacomo Puccini’s MadamaButterfly, Pietro Mascagni’s Iris, and others. Orientalism and the Operatic World argues that any close study of the history of Western opera, in the end, fails to support notion propounded by literary scholar Edward Said that the Westerners inevitably stereotyped, dehumanized, and ultimately sought only to dominate the East through art. Instead, Tarling argues that opera is a humanizing art, one that emphasizes what humanity has in common by epic depictions of passion through the vehicle of song.

John Adams s Nixon in China

“An Interview with John Adams.” By Matthew Daines. Opera Quarterly 13 (1): 37-
54. . 2006a. “John Adams Reflects on His Career.” By Thomas May. In The John
Adams Reader: Essential Writings on an American Composer, edited by Thomas
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John Adams s Nixon in China

Author: Professor Timothy A Johnson

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 1409494756

Page: 294

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John Adams's opera, Nixon in China, is one of the most frequently performed operas in the contemporary literature. Timothy A. Johnson illuminates the opera and enhances listeners' and scholars' appreciation for this landmark work. This music-analytical guide presents a detailed, in-depth analysis of the music tied to historical and political contexts. The opera captures an important moment in history and in international relations, and a close study of it from an interdisciplinary perspective provides fresh, compelling insights about the opera. The music analysis takes a neo-Riemannian approach to harmony and to large-scale harmonic connections. Musical metaphors drawn between harmonies and their dramatic contexts enrich this approach. Motivic analysis reveals interweaving associations between the characters, based on melodic content. Analysis of rhythm and meter focuses on Adams's frequent use of grouping and displacement dissonances to propel the music forward or to illustrate the libretto. The book shows how the historical depiction in the opera is accurate, yet enriched by this operatic adaptation. The language of the opera is true to its source, but more evocative than the words spoken in 1972-due to Alice Goodman's marvelous, poetic libretto. And the music transcends its repetitive shell to become a hierarchically-rich and musically-compelling achievement.

Abigail and John Adams

With Abigail and John Adams, historian G. J. Barker-Benfield mines those familiar letters to a new purpose: teasing out the ways in which they reflected—and helped transform—a language of sensibility, inherited from Britain but, amid ...

Abigail and John Adams

Author: G. J. Barker-Benfield

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226037444

Page: 520

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During the many years that they were separated by the perils of the American Revolution, John and Abigail Adams exchanged hundreds of letters. Writing to each other of public events and private feelings, loyalty and love, revolution and parenting, they wove a tapestry of correspondence that has become a cherished part of American history and literature. With Abigail and John Adams, historian G. J. Barker-Benfield mines those familiar letters to a new purpose: teasing out the ways in which they reflected—and helped transform—a language of sensibility, inherited from Britain but, amid the revolutionary fervor, becoming Americanized. Sensibility—a heightened moral consciousness of feeling, rooted in the theories of such thinkers as Descartes, Locke, and Adam Smith and including a “moral sense” akin to the physical senses—threads throughout these letters. As Barker-Benfield makes clear, sensibility was the fertile, humanizing ground on which the Adamses not only founded their marriage, but also the “abhorrence of injustice and inhumanity” they and their contemporaries hoped to plant at the heart of the new nation. Bringing together their correspondence with a wealth of fascinating detail about life and thought, courtship and sex, gender and parenting, and class and politics in the revolutionary generation and beyond, Abigail and John Adams draws a lively, convincing portrait of a marriage endangered by separation, yet surviving by the same ideas and idealism that drove the revolution itself. A feast of ideas that never neglects the real lives of the man and woman at its center, Abigail and John Adams takes readers into the heart of an unforgettable union in order to illuminate the first days of our nation—and explore our earliest understandings of what it might mean to be an American.

Reader s Guide to American History

Howe, John R., Jr., The Changing Political Thought of John Adams, Princeton:
Princeton University Press, 1966 Kurtz, ... published since 1960 make this an
excellent single-volume biography suitable for scholars and general readers
alike.

Reader s Guide to American History

Author: Peter J. Parish

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781884964220

Page: 880

View: 458

There are so many books on so many aspects of the history of the United States, offering such a wide variety of interpretations, that students, teachers, scholars, and librarians often need help and advice on how to find what they want. The Reader's Guide to American History is designed to meet that need by adopting a new and constructive approach to the appreciation of this rich historiography. Each of the 600 entries on topics in political, social and economic history describes and evaluates some 6 to 12 books on the topic, providing guidance to the reader on everything from broad surveys and interpretive works to specialized monographs. The entries are devoted to events and individuals, as well as broader themes, and are written by a team of well over 200 contributors, all scholars of American history.

The Education of John Adams

Juxtaposing his ideas with his character, this book sets him within intersecting contexts - personal, regional, lawyerly, political, and intellectual - that shaped his vision of the world and of his place in it. 5 Setting Adams in context ...

The Education of John Adams

Author: Richard B. Bernstein

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0199740232

Page: 368

View: 371

""Let us dare to read, think, speak and write...." In 1765, John Adams, a twenty-nine-year-old Massachusetts lawyer, pondered the crisis engulfing Great Britain and its North American colonies. In his view, the dispute's focus was how the British Empire was to be governed under the unwritten English constitution. To address that problem, Adams drafted a pamphlet, "A Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law." He likened Britain's abuse of its authority over the colonists to the enslavement of medieval Europe by kings and lords allied with the Roman Catholic Church. Juxtaposing dangers past and present, he warned that a new tyranny was on the horizon, but, he added, the colonists had means to resist it. Knowledge of American rights under the English constitution, he maintained, would bolster American resistance: "This spirit [of liberty], however, without knowledge, would be little better than a brutal rage. Let us tenderly and kindly cherish, therefore, the means of knowledge. Let us dare to read, think, speak and write." 1 Adams's exhortation to his readers illuminated his life, his part in the American Revolution, and his role in the evolution of American constitutionalism. In the American Revolution, the Founding Fathers fought in different ways and using different means. Adams marshaled words and arguments in the American revolutionary cause. As lawyer, politician, legislator, constitution-maker, diplomat, and executive, he mobilized legal and historical knowledge for the greater good, drawing on the best of the past to save the future: Let every order and degree among the people rouse their attention and animate their resolution. Let them all become attentive to the grounds and principles of government, ecclesiastical and civil. Let us study the law of nature; search into the spirit of the British constitution; read the histories of ancient ages; contemplate the great examples of Greece and Rome; set before us the conduct of our own British ancestors, who have defended for us the inherent rights of mankind against foreign and domestic tyrants and usurpers, against arbitrary kings and cruel priests, in short, against the gates of earth and hell. Adams lived with books at his elbow and a pen in his hand. Insatiably curious about the world around him, he educated himself and sought to teach his contemporaries and posterity what he had learned. These lifelong processes of learning and teaching constitute the education of John Adams. 2 Previous studies of Adams use one of two competing approaches to Adams, neither capturing his life's complexity or significance. Dazzled by his colorful personality, his self-awareness, and his revealing himself on paper, most biographers stress Adams's character, some reducing his constitutional and political advocacy and analysis to mere products of his internal conflicts. 3 The competing biographical school spotlights him as a constitutional and political thinker, rooted in an intellectual tradition extending from Greece and Rome to the Enlightenment - but pushing his nonpolitical life into the background.4 Deciding between character without ideas (reducing Adams to an idiosyncratic volcano but ignoring his intellectual depth) and ideas without character (seeing Adams as a learned intellectual but shortchanging his humanity) is a false choice. Juxtaposing his ideas with his character, this book sets him within intersecting contexts - personal, regional, lawyerly, political, and intellectual - that shaped his vision of the world and of his place in it. 5 Setting Adams in context deepens our understanding of his life's personal dimension. Adams's resentments, explosions of temper, and paroxysms of vanity become more comprehensible when we grasp why he felt and expressed himself that way. His outbursts, voicing his sense of his virtues and failings, had roots in and resonated with his intellectual and cultural contexts. Given, for example, that he and his contemporaries saw fame as this world's just reward for service to the public good, and that his sense of fame resonated with the moral heritage of his Calvinist roots, he had reasons to take personally efforts to denigrate his labors. Those seeking to deny him fame, he thought, were trying to take away what he had earned. By denigrating him, they rejected the worth of his labors and his arguments. 6 His battles with Benjamin Franklin, with Alexander Hamilton, and with Thomas Jefferson were clashes of personality and of principled intellectual disputes about political theory and practice."--

Reader s Theater Sixth Grade Scripts Social Studies

... A reader's theaterforfour voices: three readers andJohn Adams Reader 1:
While danger was gathering 'round New York, ... Reader 3: the General
Congress at Philadelphia was discussing within closed doors what John Adams
pronounced: ...

Reader s Theater Sixth Grade Scripts  Social Studies

Author: Timothy Rasinski

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials

ISBN: 1480779253

Page: 26

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Increase student fluency through repeated readings of interesting, social studies reader's theater scripts for 6th graders. Based on Dr. Timothy Rasinski's fluency research, these scripts are ideal for improving fluency through dramatic readings.

Passionate Sage The Character and Legacy of John Adams

Nevertheless, there it was in the Defence, not just an incidental point made in
passing, but one of Adams's major preoccupations. In every society known to
man, he assured his readers, “an aristocracy has risen up in a course of time, ...

Passionate Sage  The Character and Legacy of John Adams

Author: Joseph J. Ellis

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393068277

Page: 288

View: 165

"Impassioned and erudite.…A captivating portrait of this Massachusetts native as a wonderfully contrary genius possessed of an uncommon moral intelligence and farsighted political wisdom." —Michiko Kakutani, New York Times A fresh look at this astute, likably quirky statesman, by the author of the Pulitzer Award-winning Founding Brothers and the National Book Award winning American Sphinx. "The most lovable and most laughable, the warmest and possibly the wisest of the founding fathers, John Adams knew himself as few men do and preserved his knowledge in a voluminous correspondence that still vibrates. Ellis has used it with great skill and perception not only to bring us the man, warts and all, but more importantly to reveal his extraordinary insights into the problems confronting the founders that resonate today in the republic they created." —Edmund S. Morgan, Sterling Professor of History Emeritus, Yale University

John Adams s Republic

The editor-in-chief of the Massachusetts Historical Society’s Adams Papers project for nearly two decades, Ryerson offers readers of this magisterial book a fresh, firmly grounded account of Adams’s political thought and its development ...

John Adams s Republic

Author: Richard Alan Ryerson

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 1421419238

Page: 576

View: 199

Scholars have examined John Adams’s writings and beliefs for generations, but no one has brought such impressive credentials to the task as Richard Alan Ryerson in John Adams’s Republic. The editor-in-chief of the Massachusetts Historical Society’s Adams Papers project for nearly two decades, Ryerson offers readers of this magisterial book a fresh, firmly grounded account of Adams’s political thought and its development. Of all the founding fathers, Ryerson argues, John Adams may have worried the most about the problem of social jealousy and political conflict in the new republic. Ryerson explains how these concerns, coupled with Adams’s concept of executive authority and his fear of aristocracy, deeply influenced his political mindset. He weaves together a close analysis of Adams’s public writings, a comprehensive chronological narrative beginning in the 1760s, and an exploration of the second president’s private diary, manuscript autobiography, and personal and family letters, revealing Adams’s most intimate political thoughts across six decades. How, Adams asked, could a self-governing country counter the natural power and influence of wealthy elites and their friends in government? Ryerson argues that he came to believe a strong executive could hold at bay the aristocratic forces that posed the most serious dangers to a republican society. The first study ever published to closely examine all of Adams’s political writings, from his youth to his long retirement, John Adams’s Republic should appeal to everyone who seeks to know more about America’s first major political theorist.

Descent from Glory

There has never been any doubt that the Adams family was America's first family in our politics and memory.

Descent from Glory

Author: Paul C. Nagel

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674198296

Page: 400

View: 300

There has never been any doubt that the Adams family was America's first family in our politics and memory. This research-based and insightful book is a multigenerational biography of that family from the founder father John through the mordant writer Brooks.

The Political Writings of John Adams

The fundamental article of my political creed, declared John Adams, is that despotism, or unlimited sovereignty, or absolute power is the same in a majority of a popular assembly, an aristocratical council, an oligarchical junto, and a ...

The Political Writings of John Adams

Author: John Adams

Publisher: Hackett Publishing

ISBN: 9780872206991

Page: 256

View: 526

The fundamental article of my political creed, declared John Adams, is that despotism, or unlimited sovereignty, or absolute power is the same in a majority of a popular assembly, an aristocratical council, an oligarchical junto, and a single emperor. Equally arbitrary, cruel, bloody, and in every respect diabolical. The consequences of this article for Adams' thought are nowhere better articulated than in this anthology, which presents his remarkable attempts at constructing a complete political system based on constitutional, balanced, representative government.

David McCullough s John Adams

Here is additional background and historical context that can help you better understand McCullough's brilliantly written and illuminating portrait: Why do some consider Adams to be the first "real" U.S. president?

David McCullough s John Adams

Author: David McCullough

Publisher: Spark Publishing Group

ISBN: 9781586638658

Page: 59

View: 517

In 2001, David McCullough's Pulitzer prizewinning and bestselling biography John Adams rediscovered our second president and revealed fascinating aspects of his life that few had known before. Here is additional background and historical context that can help you better understand McCullough's brilliantly written and illuminating portrait: Why do some consider Adams to be the first "real" U.S. president? How might Adams fare if he were a candidate today? What are Adams's greatest political legacies?

Music Semiotics

Chapter 21 ' Counting Down ' Time : Musical Topics in John Adams ' Doctor
Atomic Yayoi Uno Everett Introduction John Adams's music has ... The John
Adams Reader : Essential Writings on an American Composer ( New Jersey ,
2006 ) , pp .

Music Semiotics

Author: Esti Sheinberg

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 9781409411024

Page: 344

View: 246

An international group of contributors, including leading authorities on music and culture, come together in this volume to investigate different ways in which music signifies.Looking at the nature of musical texts and music's narrativity, a number of the essays in this collection delve into the relationship between music and philosophy, literature, poetry, folk traditions and the theatre, with opera a genre that particularly lends itself to this mode of investigation. Other contributions look at theories of musical markedness, metaphor and irony. Musical works discussed include those by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann, Wagner, Stravinsky, Bartók, Xenakis, Kutavicius and John Adams.

John Adams and the Spirit of Liberty

In the first major work on Adams's political thought in over thirty years, C. Bradley Thompson takes issue with the notion that Adams's thought is irrelevant to the development of American ideas.

John Adams and the Spirit of Liberty

Author: C. Bradley Thompson

Publisher:

ISBN:

Page: 340

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In the first major work on Adams's political thought in over thirty years, C. Bradley Thompson takes issue with the notion that Adams's thought is irrelevant to the development of American ideas. Focusing on Adams's major writings, Thompson elucidates and reevaluates his political and constitutional thought by interpreting it within the tradition of political philosophy stretching from Plato to Montesquieu. Skillfully blending history and political science, Thompson's work shows how the spirit of liberty animated Adams's life and reestablishes this forgotten Revolutionary as an independent and important thinker.

Declaring Our Independence Reader s Theater Script Fluency Lesson

John Adams and Roger Sherman walk to Congress together. Adams is very
excited when Livingston joins them. Mr. Adams, I'm so sorry that I cannot vote
with you. There is still no word from New York. But I am sure they want to be rid of
the ...

Declaring Our Independence  Reader s Theater Script   Fluency Lesson

Author: Corinne Brown

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials

ISBN: 1425882927

Page: 13

View: 900

This reader's theater script builds fluency through oral reading. The creative script captures students' interest, so they will want to practice and perform. Included is a fluency lesson and approximate reading levels for the script roles.

The Classical Reader

Eloquence of John Adams . - IBID . The eloquence of Mr . Adams resembled his
general character , and formed , indeed , a part of it . It was bold , manly , and
energetic ; and such the crisis required . When public bodies are to be addressed
on ...

The Classical Reader

Author: Francis William Pitt Greenwood

Publisher:

ISBN:

Page: 408

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