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A musician of enormous range and technical command, Adams has built a huge audience worldwide through the immediacy and sincerity of his music, such as his Pulitzer prize-winning memorial for the September 11 attack, On The Transmigration of Souls. Hallelujah Junction isn't so much an autobiography as a fascinating journey through the musical landscape of his life and times, centred around the three highly controversial operas based on social and political issues he has written in the past twenty-five years - Nixon in China, The Death of Klinghoffer and, most recently, Dr Atomic.

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Category: Music. ISBN: This is a wonderful book by one of our most renowned modern composers. It is beautifully written and very thoughtful and insightful with regard to music in general and the art of composing "rlevant" music in this day and age.


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There are also many interesting recountings of the conception, evolution and production of many of Adams' operatic and orchestral works. Finally Adams provides us with wry insights into his own character and progress. Five stars! March 1, - Published on Amazon. Bought this as a gift for a fan of John Adams music after thoroughly enjoying reading it myself.

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I never before read a book written by a composer. Very interesting and exiting experience to study from the author how he created his works. Also it is important to feel the time and people that surraunded him during different events in his life. I reccomend the book to people who love contemporary music. Go to Amazon.

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A book for anyone who wants to create something--including a self. Adams arrived at this particular harmonic language is largely the subject of his absorbing book, which at times reads like a quest narrative that travels through the whole landscape of twentieth-century music.

It's the range of Adams's musical appetites and intellectual hunger that leaves the strongest impression. This is a man who swallows whole new worlds with every fresh project he takes on--and makes his discoveries new for the rest of us. Like his music, Adams's voice in Hallelujah Junction is both playful and thoughtful, unafraid of making big emotional statements but obsessed with making sure those statements are precisely crafted. An original and inspired book. To read something so intelligent, reasoned, and caring sure feels good these days.