John Adams (Composer) V
BERKELEY, California, US
Artist / Band / Musician
Classical / Experimental
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"Whenever serious art loses track of its roots in the vernacular, then it begins to atrophy." -John Adams
John Adams has harnessed the rhythmic energy of Minimalism to the harmonies and orchestral colours of late-Romanticism * Brought contemporary history to the opera house
with his post-modern music-theatre works Nixon in China (1987) and The Death of Klinghoffer (1991) * Has addressed urgent social issues with passion and
empathy, both in his operas and in such works as I Was Looking at the Ceiling and then I Saw the Sky, El Dorado and The Wound-Dresser * His works are
much favoured by choreographers, with multiple ballet versions of Fearful Symmetries * Winner of the 1995 Grawemeyer Award for his Violin Concerto * Series of
recordings on the Nonesuch label * A recent survey shows him to be the most frequently performed living American composer of orchestral music.
Works by John Adams include:
Short Ride in a Fast Machine (1986) for orchestra
Violin Concerto (1993)
El Niño (1999-2000) for soprano, mezzo-soprano, baritone, three counter-tenors, chorus, optional childrens' chorus and orchestra
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