• music forthe Paterson poem
    Paterson lies in the valley under the Passaic Falls
    in spent waters forming the outline of his back.
  • Paterson Symphony
    The river comes pouring in above the city
    and crashes from the edge of the gorge
    in a recoil of spray and rainbow mists
  • Paterson NJ
    And there, against him stretches
    the low mountain
  • William Carlos Williams quotes
    Say it! No ideas but in things.

a musical and visual response to
William Carlos Williams' poem

This musical and visual response to the poem, Paterson, is the work of two artists whose lives have long been influenced by the poetry and writings of William Carlos Williams, and by Paterson, New Jersey.

Dr. Frederick Adler, composer and medical doctor, has since adolescence seen Dr. William Carlos Williams as a sort of mentor, inspiring the possibility of combining a serious artistic life with the practice of medicine. He responds to the poem Paterson in a symphonic work for orchestra and piano.

Jonathan Sinagub, architect and visual artist, is a longtime student and observer of the town of Paterson, NJ. It was the subject of his Master's thesis in Urban Planning at MIT. He revisits Paterson in imagery, which includes its old factories, buildings, people and of course the Passaic Falls.

The Paterson Project video is an attempt to encapsulate a few minutes of our vision of a live performance of both the music and the images.

A Symphonic Work for Orchestra & Piano by Frederick Adler     /     A string of images rendered as a visual poem by Jonathan Sinagub
Paterson Symphony video

The Paterson Video Excerpt

Excerpts from the orchestral work and complementary imagery

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The Score

Available to individual performers and institutions

Key People

Meet the artists who respond to William Carlos William's poem Paterson in music and imagery

The Video

A Response to the Poem Paterson in Sound and Images