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John Adams

John Adams (Composer)

Born: 15th February 1947, Worcester, Massachusetts, U.S.A

Nationality: American

John Coolidge Adams is an American composer and conductor of classical music and opera, with strong roots in minimalism.

Among over 60 major compositions are his breakthrough piece for string septet, Shaker Loops (1978); his first significant large-scale orchestral work, Harmonielehre (1985); the popular fanfare Short Ride in a Fast Machine (1986); and On the Transmigration of Souls (2002), a piece for orchestra and chorus commemorating the victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 2003.

Further Reading: Adams, J

 Recording of the Week, John Adams's Doctor Atomic, conducted by the composer

John Adams conducts Gerald Finley and the BBC Symphony Orchestra in the first audio recording of his 2005 opera, Doctor Atomic.

 Recording of the Week, Michael Tilson Thomas conducts a new piece by John Adams

James listens to the premiere recording of John Adams' Absolute Jest, from the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, St Lawrence String Quartet and Michael Tilson Thomas.

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