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Earth and the Great Weather  (1990-93)
“A Sonic Geography of the Arctic”
for vln, vla, vlc, cb, digital delay, 4 singers (SSAB), 4 percussion, 4 speaking voices and recorded natural sounds
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Commissioned by the Alaska Festival of Native Arts.

Recorded on New World Records

“…John Luther Adams’ powerful Earth and the Great Weather was less a traditional opera, more an environment in which to contemplate the fragile sounds the composer created and the bleak, beautiful landscapes he evoked… Vocal quartet Synergy gave a restrained but potent performance verging on ritual enactment.” – BBC Music Magazine

“…a powerful amalgam of poetry, philosophy and music…” – Opera Magazine

Crow and Weasel  (1993-94) (story by Barry Lopez)
for picc/bs clnt (one player), four percussion, celesta, harp, and string quintet
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Commissioned by the Sundance Institute and the Children’s Theater company.

Script published by Samuel French.

Giving Birth to Thunder, Sleeping With His Daughter, Coyote Builds North America  (1986-90) (stories by Barry Lopez)
for clnt (e-flat and bass), vln, cb, 4 percussion and storyteller
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Commissioned by Perseverance Theater.

“…timeless wisdom and humor… Coyote is a work that is full of wonder… The capacity audience responded at the end of the evening by standing up and howling back.” – Rutland (VT) Daily Herald

“…A howl of a production…Coyote is theatrically, musically, visually, psychologically and spiritually powerful medicine.” — Fairbanks Daily News-Miner