Lollapalooza (Adams)

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Lollapalooza is a short piece composed by American minimalist composer John Adams in 1995. The piece is based on the rhythm of the word 'Lollapalooza'. It was composed as a fortieth birthday present to the British conductor Simon Rattle, with whom Adams has worked in the past.

It was first performed November 10, 1995 by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under conductor Simon Rattle.

John Adams on Lollapalooza[edit]


Orchestration [2][edit]

Piccolo, 2 flutes (2nd doubling piccolo) 2 oboes, English horn, 2 clarinets, bass clarinet, 3 bassoons, contrabassoon, 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 2 tenor trombones, bass trombone, tuba, timpani, percussion, piano, strings. The percussion is divided among four players:

  • Player 1: xylophone, 3 large roto-toms, suspended cymbal, small tam-tam
  • Player 2: snare drum (for rim shot only), pedal bass drum, maracas, tambourine, claves
  • Player 3: claves, woodblock, bongo, snare drum, low floor tom
  • Player 4: vibraphone, large bass drum


  1. ^ "Adams, John: Lollapalooza (1995) 6'".
  2. ^ "Earbox - Lollapalooza, for Orchestra".

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