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ICONS: John Adams

From: WFIU
Series: Horizons in Music
Length: 59:01

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John Adams' name has become nearly synonymous with new music, especially in America. The composer with deep roots in minimalism has tried his hand in a number of genres - from solo piano to orchestra, from opera to Music Theater. And this week as part of our ICONS series, we'll explore the music and career of John Adams. Read the full description.
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Horizon_small John Adams' name has become nearly synonymous with new music, especially in America.  The composer with deep roots in minimalism has tried his hand in a number of genres - from solo piano to orchestra, from opera to Music Theater. And this week as part of our ICONS series, we'll explore the music and career of John Adams.

Coming up we'll hear the Shaker Loops from early in his career, visit his opera based on the creation of the atomic bomb, a musical that takes place in the aftermath of an earthquake, and even a set of dances for a woman and the portrait of her husband.

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John Adams' name has become nearly synonymous with new music, especially in America.  The composer with deep roots in minimalism has tried his hand in a number of genres - from solo piano to orchestra, from opera to Music Theater. And this week as part of our ICONS series, we'll explore the music and career of John Adams.

Coming up we'll hear the Shaker Loops from early in his career, visit his opera based on the creation of the atomic bomb, a musical that takes place in the aftermath of an earthquake, and even a set of dances for a woman and the portrait of her husband.

Musical Works

Title Artist Album Label Year Length
Short Ride in a Fast Machine Marin Alsop/Bournemouth Sym. Orch A to Z of Classical Music. Naxos 2000 04:05
Shaker Loops John Adams/Orchestra of St. Luke’s Adams: Violin Concerto/Shaker Loops. Nonesuch 1996 24:16
DOCTOR ATOMIC: Batter my heart Gerald Finley, baritone; Edward Gardner/London Phil. Orchestra Great Operatic Arias: Gerald Finley. Chandos Chaconne 2010 07:49
The Chairman Dances David Zinman/Baltimore Sym. Orch. Dance Mix. Polygram Records 1995 12:22
Finale Original Cast Recording Adams: I Was Looking At The Ceiling and Then I Saw The Sky. Nonesuch 1998 04:36