Requiem for Adam

Terry Riley


“This may be the single most powerful piece of music that the Kronos Quartet has ever recorded, and perhaps that Terry Riley has ever written. This is because Requiem for Adam is so personal, so direct, and experiential… Riley has delved deep into the experience of death and resurrection, or, at the very least, transmutation… It’s the most complex quartet Riley has yet composed, and easily his most satisfying.”

Thom Jurek, AllMusic

About the album

Requiem for Adam is the last of the Three Requiem Quartets that Terry Riley has written in recent years to commemorate the deaths of people close to the members of Kronos (the first two being Mario in Cielo and Lacyrmosa [Remembering Kevin]). Requiem for Adam was composed in memory of Adam Harrington, son of David and Regan Harrington, who died while walking with his family on Mt. Diablo, California, on April 16, 1995, when a blood clot in his coronary artery caused his heart to fail. A similarly commemorative spirit lies behind The Philosopher’s Hand, a solo piano piece composed spontaneously in memory of Riley’s teacher Pandit Pran Nath, and featured on this recording in a performance by the composer.


Kronos Quartet
David Harrington, violin
John Sherba, violin
Hank Dutt, viola
Jennifer Culp, cello

Terry Riley, piano

“Cortejo Fúnebre en el Monte Diablo” backing track made by Terry Riley from playback samples created on an Ensoniq TS12 with a Emagics Logic sequencing engine.

Produced by Judith Sherman
Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz

  1. Requiem for Adam: Ascending The Heaven Ladder
  2. Requiem for Adam: Cortejo Funebre en el Monte Diablo
  3. Requiem for Adam: Requiem For Adam
    Performed by Kronos Quartet
  4. The Philosopher’s Hand
    Performed by Terry Riley

Released by Nonesuch Records



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