‘Ten Pieces’ Special: Part 7 – Adams’s ‘Short ride in a fast machine’

Our children's guide to John Adams's exciting modern work

BBC 'Ten Pieces' Special: Part 7 - John Adams's 'Short ride in a fast machine'

Over the period of one school year, the BBC’s ‘Ten Pieces’ initiative aims to introduce the wonders and joys of classical music to primary school children across the country. Featuring ten essential classical works, the engaging programme brings music to life through videos, activities and special performances.


We have been joining in the fun with our special series introducing each of the ‘Ten Pieces’ in turn. Part 7, featured in the May issue of the magazine, explores modern composer John Adams’s exciting work Short ride in a fast machine. Click on the buttons below to listen to the music and download our children’s guide and fun ‘Things to do!’ worksheet.

Visit the Ten Pieces website now to see the Ten Pieces repertoire list, download mp3s of the pieces, print out easy arrangements of each of the pieces and more!


• A guide to BBC Ten Pieces


• ‘Ten Pieces’ Special: Part 6 – Britten’s ‘Storm’ from Peter Grimes