John adams completed short ride in a fast machine in 1986 he applies the description fanfare for orchestra to this work and to the earlier tromba lontana 1986 the former is also known as fanfare for great woods because it was commissioned for the great woods festival of the pittsburgh symphony orchestra. Short ride in a fast machine was one of adamss early triumphs it is a masterpiece of minimalism a compositional approach that entails the twining of compact repetitive rhythms and melodic motifs into an intricate web of musical texture. John adams short ride in a fast machine performned by the new england conservatory wind ensemble led by jeffrey means. Short ride in a fast machine as you read this page on short ride in a fast machine our playlist example of john adamss music please pay attention both to the ways in which the piece exemplifies the principles of minimalism and the ways in which it expands on those principles note the references to post minimalism
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