John Adams

(b. 1947)

Related Overviews

John Cage (1912—1992) American composer, pianist, and writer

Morton Feldman (1926—1987)



'John Adams' can also refer to...

Adams, John

John Adams

John Adams

John Adams

Adams, John

Adams, John

Adams, John

Adams, John

Adams, John

John Adams (1735—1826) president of the United States of America

John Adams (c. 1750—1814) schoolmaster and educational writer

John Adams (c. 1665—1738) cartographer

John Adams (1662—1720) college head

John Adams (1768—1829) seaman, mutineer, and settler

John Adams (1704—1740)

John Adams A Church-Going Sage

Adams, John

Adams, John

Adams, John


More Like This

Show all results sharing this subject:

  • Music


Show Summary Details

Quick Reference

(b Worcester, Mass., 1947).

Amer. composer, conductor, and clarinettist. Head, comp. dept., S. Francisco Cons. 1972–82. Comp.‐in‐res., S. Francisco SO 1979–85. One of composers known as minimalists, but his style has broadened and he has deliberately forged an eclectic idiom which borrows from most of the major 20th‐cent. composers and from jazz. Comps.:


Nixon in China


The Death of Klinghoffer


I was looking at the ceiling and then I saw the sky

, mus. th. (1994–5);

El Niño


Dr Atomic


A Flowering Tree



Common Tones in Simple Time


Shaker Loops

, str. (1983);



Tromba lontana


Short Ride in a Fast Machine


The Chairman Dances


Fearful Symmetries


Eros Piano

, pf., orch. or chamber orch. (1989);

El Dorado

(1991); Chamber Symphony (1991); vn. conc. (1993);



Century Rolls

, pf., orch. (1996);

Naive and Sentimental Music


Guide to Strange Places


Dharma at Big Sur

, elec. vn., orch. (2003);

voice(s) & orch. or ens.:

Christian Zeal and Activity

, spkr. on tape., ens. (1973);


, 3 solo vv., instr., elec. (1975);


, ch., orch. (1980);

Grand Pianola Music

, 2 sop., 2 pf., small orch. (1981–2);

The Wound Dresser

, bar., orch. or chamber orch. (1988);

On the Transmigration of Souls

, orch., ch., children's ch., pre‐recorded soundtrack (2002).

chamber music:

pf. quintet (1970);

American Standard

, unspecified ens. (1973);

Shaker Loops

, str. septet (1978); Chamber Sym. (1992);

Road Movies

, vn., pf. (1995);

Gnarly Buttons

, cl., ens. (1996).




China Gates


Phrygian Gates


Hallelujah Junction

, 2 pf. (1996).

tape only:



Light Over Water


Hoodoo Zephyr


Subjects: Music.

Reference entries

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content. subscribe or login to access all content.