John Adams
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1947-02-15
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John Adams

John Adams Biography (BBC)

Born in 1947 in Massachusetts, John Adams is 10 years younger than Steve Reich and Philip Glass, with whom he is often classified as a Minimalist. His success has much to do with an espousal of modality and regular pulse – musical elements reintroduced by the Minimalists in reaction to much modernist music. Yet Adams’s approach since the late 1970s emphasises two things that early Minimalism is generally said to have rejected. One is direct emotional expression; the other concerns allusions to, and even direct quotations from, other musics. Adams himself has described his development as an alternation between ‘two opposing polarities: along with every dark, introspective, “serious” piece there must come the Trickster, the garish, ironic wild card that threatens to lose me whatever friends the previous composition might have gained’. Thus Harmonium (1981), settings of John Donne and Emily Dickinson, was followed by Grand Pianola Music (1982).

Allusion and quotation played an increasing role in Adams’s output from 1978 – when Shaker Loops drew on the spiritual ecstasy of America’s 18th-century fundamentalist movement – up to the late-1980s works Nixon in China and Fearful Symmetries. Since then, such references have generally been less overt, though the Chamber Symphony (1992) alludes both to Schoenberg’s Chamber Symphony No. 1 and to American cartoons.

With Nixon in China, his first opera (1987), Adams achieved international fame. The director Peter Sellars, librettist Alice Goodman and the choreographer Mark Morris were integral both to this project and to his next opera, The Death of Klinghoffer (1991), based on the 1985 hijacking of a cruise-liner. An event from recent history – the 1994 Los Angeles earthquake – was likewise the starting point for the ‘songplay’ I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky (1995). By contrast, El Niño (2000) is a ‘Nativity oratorio’ featuring film as well as stage action. Adams’s most recent operatic collaborations with Sellars are Doctor Atomic (2005) and A Flowering Tree (2006), both seen in London during the past two years. The Doctor Atomic Symphony, extensively recasting and extending the opera, was premiered at the 2007 BBC Proms. Adams’s works include Son of Chamber Symphony (2007), also choreographed for San Francisco Ballet by Mark Morris, and City Noir (2009).

In 1995 the composer received the Grawemeyer Award for his Violin Concerto. In 2003, the year in which he became Artist-in- Association with the BBC SO, his On the Transmigration of Souls, written for the first anniversary of 9/11, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize.

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John Adams Biography (Wikipedia)

John Coolidge Adams (born February 15, 1947) is an American composer, clarinetist, and conductor of classical music and opera, with strong roots in minimalism.

His works include Nixon in China (1987), Harmonielehre (1985), Short Ride in a Fast Machine (1986), On the Transmigration of Souls (2002), a choral piece commemorating the victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks (for which he won the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 2003), and Shaker Loops (1978), a minimalist four-movement work for strings.

His operas include Nixon in China (1987), which recounts Richard Nixon's 1972 visit to China, Doctor Atomic (2005), which covers Robert Oppenheimer, the Manhattan Project, and the building of the first atomic bomb and The Death of Klinghoffer (1991) based on the hijacking of the passenger liner Achille Lauro by the Palestine Liberation Front in 1985, and the hijackers' murder of 69-year-old Jewish-American passenger Leon Klinghoffer, who used a wheelchair. The opera has drawn controversy, including allegations by some (including Klinghoffer's two daughters) that the opera is antisemitic and glorifies terrorism. The work's creators and others have disputed these criticisms.

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John Adams Tracks

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City Noir
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Harmonium (Part 1: Negative Love)
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Harmonium (Part 1: Negative Love)
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Rag The Bone (John's Book of Alleged Dances)
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Rag The Bone (John's Book of Alleged Dances)
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The Chairman Dances - Foxtrot
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The Chairman Dances - Foxtrot
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The Chairman Dances
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The Chairman Dances
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Short Ride in a Fast Machine
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Short Ride in a Fast Machine
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City Noir
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City Noir
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Shaker Loops (Part 1 Shaking and Trembling)
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Shaker Loops (Part 1 Shaking and Trembling)
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The Chairman Dances
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The Chairman Dances
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Tromba Lontana
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Tromba Lontana
Toru Takemitsu
Waltz (Face of Another)
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Waltz (Face of Another)
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Short Ride in a Fast Machine
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Short Ride in a Fast Machine
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Hallelujah Junction 1st movement
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Hallelujah Junction 1st movement
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Judah to Ocean - from John's Book of Alleged Dances
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Judah to Ocean - from John's Book of Alleged Dances
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Tromba lontana
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Tromba lontana
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Am I in your light? (Doctor Atomic)
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Am I in your light? (Doctor Atomic)
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Harmonielehre - 1st movement (excerpt)
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Harmonielehre - 1st movement (excerpt)
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Dr Atomic symphony
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Dr Atomic symphony
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Doctor Atomic: Act 1. 'Am I in your light?'
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Doctor Atomic: Act 1. 'Am I in your light?'
Gloria Cheng
China Gates
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China Gates
John Adams, Al;ice Goodman, The Orchestra Of The Opéra De Lyon, Janice Felty, Eugene Perry & Kent Nagano
Act I, Scene II 12: Austrian Woman: I kept my distance
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Act I, Scene II 12: Austrian Woman: I kept my distance

Act I, Scene II 12: Austrian Woman: I kept my distance

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Al;ice Goodman
Orchestra
The Orchestra Of The Opéra De Lyon
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John Adams, Marin Alsop, Colorado Symphony & Opera Colorado Chorus
The People Are the Heroes Now
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The People Are the Heroes Now
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Road Movies
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Road Movies
John Adams, Alice Goodman, Trudy Ellen Craney, Edo de Waart & Orchestra of St. Luke’s
Act II, Scene 2: I Am the Wife of Mao Tse-tung
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Act II, Scene 2: I Am the Wife of Mao Tse-tung
John Adams, John Adams, BBC Symphony Orchestra & BBC Singers
Doctor Atomic, Act I, Scene II: Am I in your light?
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Doctor Atomic, Act I, Scene II: Am I in your light?
Leonard Rosenman
East of Eden - main title
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East of Eden - main title
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Short Ride in a Fast Machine
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Short Ride in a Fast Machine
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Grand Pianola Music - On the Dominant Divide
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Grand Pianola Music - On the Dominant Divide
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Hallelujah Junction
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Hallelujah Junction
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Shaker Loops (Shaking and Trembling)
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Shaker Loops (Shaking and Trembling)
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Nixon in China; News has a kind of mystery (extract)
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Nixon in China; News has a kind of mystery (extract)

Nixon in China; News has a kind of mystery (extract)

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James Maddalena (Richard Nixon), Orchestra of St Luke’s, Edo de Waart (conductor)
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Wild Nights (Harmonium)
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Wild Nights (Harmonium)
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Doctor Atomic, Act I: "Batter My Heart"
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Doctor Atomic, Act I: "Batter My Heart"
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Son of the Chamber Symphony i.
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Son of the Chamber Symphony i.
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Violin Concerto
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Violin Concerto
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BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 2016-17 season: John Adams conducts Doctor Atomic
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BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 2016-17 season: John Adams conducts Doctor Atomic

BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 2016-17 season: John Adams conducts Doctor Atomic

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Proms 2012: Prom 72: John Adams – Nixon in China
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2012-09-05T14:29:19
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2012
Proms 2012: Prom 72: John Adams – Nixon in China

Proms 2012: Prom 72: John Adams – Nixon in China

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Proms 2012: Prom 4: Respighi, Ravel and Adams
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Royal Albert Hall
2012-07-16T14:29:19
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2012
Proms 2012: Prom 4: Respighi, Ravel and Adams

Proms 2012: Prom 4: Respighi, Ravel and Adams

Royal Albert Hall
Proms 2007: Prom 50
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Royal Albert Hall
2007-08-21T14:29:19
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2007

Proms 2007: Prom 50

Royal Albert Hall
Proms 2007: Prom 47
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Royal Albert Hall
2007-08-18T14:29:19
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2007

Proms 2007: Prom 47

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