Brubecks discuss Ansel Adams composition on NPR

Posted on: April 3, 2009

During Thursday’s (4/2) edition of All Things Considered, NPR’s Melissa Block hosts a segment on Dave and Chris Brubeck’s Ansel Adams-inspired new work, premiered Thursday night by the Stockton (California) Symphony under the direction of Peter Jaffe. In the segment, Paul Conley of Capital Public Radio reports, “Dave Brubeck composed the 22-minute work first as a piano piece, working closely with his son, Chris, who later transformed it into a full orchestral score.” Chris Brubeck notes that, besides his photographs, one thing about Ansel Adams that served as inspiration was that he had at one time studied to be a concert pianist. Says the elder Brubeck, “He loved Bach and Chopin. So I’ve incorporated Chopin-esque and Bach kinds of piano playing into the piece. And it’s a tug of war between the camera and the piano that I’m trying to depict.” To listen to the full segment, click here .

Posted April 3, 2009