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Musical World

John Adams

  • Composer
  • Conductor



John Adams Stage Works
Nixon in China opera in three acts (1985-87)
The Death of Klinghoffer opera in two acts (1990-91)
I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky songplay in two acts (1995)
El Nintilde;o A Nativity Oratorio (1999-2000)
Doctor Atomic opera in two acts (2004-5)
A Flowering Tree opera in two acts (2006)
Orchestra Common Tones in Simple Time (1979)
Harmonium for chorus and large orchestra (1980-81)
Shaker Loops version for string orchestra (1983)
Harmonielehre (1984-85)
The Chairman Dances foxtrot for orchestra (1985)
Tromba lontana fanfare for orchestra (1985)
Short Ride in a Fast Machine fanfare for orchestra (1986)
Fearful Symmetries (1988)
Eros Piano for piano and orchestra (1989)
Violin Concerto (1993)
El Dorado (1991)
Lollapalooza (1995)
Slonimskyrs's Earbox (1996)
Century Rolls for piano and orchestra (1996)
Naive and Sentimental Music (1997-98)
Guide to Strange Places (2001)
On the Transmigration of Souls for orchestra, chorus, childrenrsquo;s choir and pre-recorded soundtrack (2002)
My Father Knew Charles Ives (2003)
Dharma at Big Sur for electric violin and orchestra (2003)
Doctor Atomic Symphony (2007)
City Noir (2009)
Voice and orchestra The Nixon Tapes three suites for voices and orchestra from Nixon in China (1987)
The Wound-Dresser for baritone voice and orchestra (1988)
Chamber Music Piano Quintet (1970)
Shaker Loops for string septet (1978)
Chamber Symphony (1992)
Johnrsquo;s Book of Alleged Dances for string quartet (1994)
Road Movies for violin piano (1995)
Gnarly Buttons for clarinet and chamber ensemble (1996)
Son of Chamber Symphony (2007)
String Quartet (2008)
Other ensemble works:
 American Standard for unspecified chamber ensemble (1973)
Christian Zeal Activity for unspecified chamber ensemble (1973) Grounding for six voices, three saxophones and live electronics (1975)
Grand Pianola Music for 2 pianos, 3 female voices, winds, brass percussion (1982)
Scratchband for amplified ensemble (1996)
Chorus Ktaadn for mixed chorus, osciallators and filters (1974) Harmonium for chorus and large orchestra (1980-81)
Choruses from The Death of Klinghoffer (1991)
On the Transmigration of Souls for orchestra, chorus, childrenr's choir and pre-recorded soundtrack (2002)
Tape and electronic compostions Heavy Metal two-channel tape (1970)
Studebaker Love Music two channel tape (1976)
Onyx four channel tape (1976)
Light Over Water two channel tape (1983)
Hoodoo Zephyr (1992-93)
Piano solo or duet Phrygian Gates for piano (1977)
China Gates for piano (1977)
Hallelujah Junction for two pianos (1996)
American Berserk for solo piano (2001)
Film score Matter of Heart music for the documentary film about C.G. Jung (1982)
An American Tapestry music for the film Directed by Gregory Nava Produced by Barbara Martinez-Jitner released on the Showtime Cable Channel Arrangements and Orchestrations The Black Gondola (orchestration of La Lugubre Gondola by Franz Liszt) (1990)
Berceuse (arrangement for small orchestra of Busonir's original) (1991) Le Livre de Baudelaire mezzo soprano orchestra (orchestration of four songs by Claude Debussy from Cinq poemes de Charles Baudelaire)
La Mufa (orchestration of tango by Astor Piazzolla) (1995)
Todo Buenos Aires (orchestration of tango by Astor Piazzolla) (1996)
Six Songs by Charles Ives arranged for voice and chamber orchestra (1989-93)