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March 16, 2013 By Andy Ross

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John Adams

John Adams, the most well-known of the American composers, is portrayed on a recent BBC programme (available on iPlayer –http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01r3pb9/hd/American_Master_A_Portrait_of_John_Adams/) in a loving and truthful light. Adams uses contemporary issues and material to make his amazing pieces which, to me, depict the spaces and light of his home in the USA and allow us to understand our own lives in a unique way. The aria that has me in tears every time is this one from Doctor Atomic, his opera about the makers of the first atomic bomb.

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