Listen to programmes examining the life and works of John Adams.
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Composed in 2009, John Adams's City Noir is a dark, brooding, jazz-inflected tribute to film noir. The composer's primary inspiration was urban California in the 1950s - from Sunset Boulevard to Macarthur Park - and his score seethes with barely-repressed energy. Stephen Johnson explores its murky musical pages.
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