John Adams

John Adams was born in Massachusetts in 1947. He is the composer of such acclaimed works as Harmonielehre, Nixon in China, Naive and Sentimental Music, El Niño, and On the Transmigration of Souls, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 2003. He lives in Berkeley, California.


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John Adams: Grand Pianola Music (1981)

Sepp Grotenhuis & Gerard Bouwhuis (Pianos), Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra / Edo de Waart

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John Adams: Violin Concerto (2001) - Ending

Ernst Kovacic (violin) Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra / Edo de Waart

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SummerFest 2002: John Adams: A Precise Process

One of America's most admired and frequently performed composers, John Adams also regularly conducts his work with the world's finest orchestras and ensembles. In A Precise Process, Adams leads a rehearsal of his acclaimed 1978 chamber piece, Shaker Loops, and shares his insights into the creative processes and demands of composition and performance.

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John Adams and Ara Guzelimian on Doctor Atomic

The week before Doctor Atomic opens at the Metropolitan Opera, composer John Adams reflects on the relationship between words and music in a conversation with Ara Guzelimian, dean of the Juilliard School. Throughout his career, Adams has drawn on literary sources ranging from the Bible to Jack Kerouac; Doctor Atomic incorporates Baudelaire, the Bhagavad Gita and declassified documents from the Manhattan Project. His new memoir is Hallelujah Junction: Composing an American Life.

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John Adams' Short Ride - led by Jeffrey Means

John Adams' Short Ride in a Fast Machine performned by the New England Conservatory Wind Ensemble, led by Jeffrey Means.

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Nixon In China (Opera): Act 3 Chairman Dance

John Adams's first opera Nixon In China, produced by Peter Sellars, with libretto by Alice Goodman, about the visit of Richard Nixon to China in 1972, where he met with Mao Zedong and other Chinese officials.

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Hallelujah Junction

John Adams
Picador

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year A San Francisco Chronicle Notable Bay Area Book of the Year A book unlike anything ever written by a...


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