Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Christian Zeal and Activity by John Adams

This is a video I made to accompany the musical work "Christian Zeal and Activity" by the American Composer John Adams.  For better sound and video quality, click here to watch it directly in YouTube and  then select HD.

Adams came from an area in the US where it was common to come across evangelistic camp meetings in the countryside. When he was composing this piece he recorded a preacher from the radio and chopped up his words so they don't really make any sense. Adams point seems to be that people are attracted to a preacher not by their words but by the cadence of their voice and their delivery.