The John Adams Reader: new book of writings(August 2006)
A new book of writings by and about John Adams has just been published by Amadeus Press. Edited by Thomas May, The John Adams Reader is the first volume devoted solely to the composer and his music.
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This book gathers together a wide-ranging collection of pieces from leading musical commentators and critics. Included are candid and revealing interviews with the composer himself, as well as eloquent essays by Alex Ross - music critic for the "New Yorker". The author has grouped this collection into four sections: profiles of the composer, including a fascinating study of his early years; detailed essays on his major works; interviews with Adams's leading collaborators and interpreters; and critical receptions of his works.
John Adams's new opera, A Flowering Tree, is premiered in Vienna on 14 November in a staging by Peter Sellars.
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