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John Adams is one the most highly respected contemporary composers. His style has its roots in Minimalism, and he is known for combining great rhythmic energy with orchestral colours that are more typical of late-Romanticism.

He is famous, amongst other things, for writing operas about contemporary history - for example: _Nixon in China_ (about the significant meeting of US President Nixon with Chairman Mao in 1972) and _The Death of Klinghoffer_ (an account of the 1985 Achille Lauro incident where Palestinian terrorists boarded an Italian cruise ship, held its passengers and crew hostage, and killed an elderly, wheelchair-bound American Jew).

Works by John Adams include:
_Short Ride in a Fast Machine_ (1986) for orchestra
_Violin Concerto_ (1993)
_El Niño_ (1999-2000) for soprano, mezzo-soprano, baritone, three counter-tenors, chorus, optional childrens' chorus and orchestra

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