John Adams (1947)

I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky (1995)

"Songplay", in two acts


stage work

  • General information
    • Composition date : 1995 - 1995
    • Duration : 1 h 20 mn
    • Editor : Boosey & Hawkes
    • Livret (détail, auteur) :

      June Jordan

Detailed formation
  • solistes : 3 solo mezzo-sopranos, 1 solo tenor, 2 solo baritones
  • 2 clarinets (also 1 bass clarinet, 1 alto saxophone), 3 pianos (also 1 electronic/MIDI keyboard/synthesizer), 1 guitar (also 1 electric guitar), 1 electric bass (also 1 double bass), 1 percussionist [MIDI]

Creation information

  • Date : 13 March 1995
    Location :

    États-Unis, Berkeley, University of California, Zellerbach Playhouse


    Performers :

    l'ensemble Paul Dresher, direction : Grant Gershon, mise en scène : Peter Sellars, son : Mark Grey.