John Adams

John Adams composer
Born: 1947

One of the most widely-performed and influential composers of our time, the American John Adams's most famous works include the operas Nixon in China and Doctor Atomic, the orchestral works Harmonielehre and Short Ride in a Fast Machine, and the oratorios El Niño and The Gospel According to the Other Mary.

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Contemporary composer: John Adams

James McCarthy celebrates that rare beast – a composer who writes music that is enjoyed by the critics and the public alike... Read the article

John Adams interview: 'I don’t think you can be a great composer unless you have a feeling for harmony'

Philip Clark meets the great American composer... Read the interview

John Adams – An American Idol

John Adams continues to create a sense of what it means to be alive today in America, writes Philip Kennicott... Read the article

The Passion and Play of John Adams

The legendary American composer is taking more risks than ever, says Thomas May... Read the article

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