John Adams

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Adams became one of the most successful American composers and a leader of the West Coast branch of the American minimalist school.
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Composition Highlights

Title Year Avg. Duration Genre
Nixon in China, opera 1985 Opera
Short Ride in a Fast Machine, fanfare for orchestra 1986 Orchestral
Violin Concerto 1993 Concerto
The Death of Klinghoffer, opera 1990 Opera
Shaker Loops, for 7 strings or string orchestra 1978 Chamber Music Orchestral
Phrygian Gates, for piano 1977 Keyboard
The Chairman Dances, foxtrot for orchestra 1985 Orchestral
Harmonielehre, for orchestra 1984 Orchestral
John's Book of Alleged Dances, for string quartet 1994 Chamber Music
Chamber Symphony 1992 Orchestral Symphony
Harmonium, for chorus & orchestra 1980 Choral
Fearful Symmetries, for orchestra 1988 Orchestral
The Wound-Dresser, for baritone & orchestra 1988 Vocal Music
China Gates, for piano 1977 Keyboard
I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky, songplay 1995 Opera Show/Musical
Doctor Atomic, opera 2004 Opera
Tromba Lontana, fanfare for orchestra 1985 Orchestral Symphony
Gnarly Buttons, for clarinet & ensemble 1996 Chamber Music
Hallelujah Junction, for 2 pianos 1996 Keyboard
Hoodoo Zephyr, for electronics 1992 Electronic/Computer Music
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