John Coolidge Adams
At Harvard, Adams was just two degrees - Bachelor`s degree in 1971 and master`s degree in 1972. In the period from 1972 to 1984 - th John taught at the Music Conservatory of San Francisco (San Francisco Conservatory of Music).Born Adams in Worcester, Massachusetts (Worcester, Massachusetts) in 1947. He grew up in various states of New England (New England); moving from place to place, he could feel the variety of musical styles. Father John taught to play the clarinet ; Adams later times it enjoyed ,acting as a clarinetist in local ensembles. Later he continued his acquaintance with the clarinet under the leadership of one of the members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra (Boston Symphony Orchestra), Viskuli Felix (Felix Viscuglia).
Write your own music Adams started back in 10 years ; ` Dele` in his work, he heard somewhere in 13-14 years.Already at Harvard University (Harvard University), John began to teach the composer`s business experienced teachers like Leon Kirchner (Leon Kirchner), Seshnsa Roger (Roger Sessions), Earl Kim (Earl Kim) and David Del Tredichi (David Del Tredici). Also within the walls of Harvard Adams conducted the orchestra Bach Society (Bach Society Orchestra),He acted as an alternate clarinet immediately in the Boston Symphony Orchestra (Boston Symphony Orchestra), and the Boston Opera Company (Opera Companyof Boston) and the soloist at Carnegie Hall (Carnegie Hall) at the world premiere of a concerto for clarinet Walter Piston (Walter Piston).
At Harvard, Adams was just two degrees - Bachelor`s degree in 1971-m and a master`s degree in 1972. In the period from 1972 to 1984 - th John taught at the Music Conservatory of San Francisco (San Francisco Conservatory of Music). In equipped with the electronic music lab Conservatory Adams built an analog synthesizer ;as a conductor `New Music Ensemble` he managed to gather under its authority, the whole group of talented young musicians.
One of the most famous works of John is certainly trehaktovaya Opera 1987, Nixon in ` Kitae` (` Nixon in China`); she is devoted, as the name implies ,the visit of Richard Nixon (Richard Nixon) to China in February 1972. Among the characters of the opera was the couple Nixon, Mao Zedong (Mao Tse-tung) and Henry Kissinger (Henry Kissinger).
In 2003, Adams won a Pulitzer Prize for his `On the Transmigration of Souls` - is his work was devoted to the tragic events of September 11th of 2001. Critics and listeners have taken `On the Transmigration of Souls` quite uneven - some were delighted with new work by John, others found it incredibly boring.
It should be noted,that the most intense criticism flows always called it historical works John - even almost cult at the moment ` Nixon Kitae` initially received only negative reviews. Not less noise caused opera ` Death Klinghoffera` (` The Death of Klinghoffer`),dedicated to the story of the hijacking of the passenger liner `Achille Lauro` and subsequent death of a passenger, Leon Klinghoffer (Leon Klinghoffer). Among the reviewers were angry and daughters of Klinghoffer, Lisa (Lisa) and Ilsa (Ilsa); Use the tragic death of his father as a material for an opera it seemed outrageous, and in somethingthe anti-Semitic act. There were, however, at the ` Death Klinghoffera` and defenders - including among Jews.
The most recent works of Adams - `Doctor Atomic Symphony` and ` Fellow Traveler` - were published in 2007 ; however, no evidence that John finally left the music, there is - and it is quite possible ,that in the near future it will please his fans a new creation