John Adams
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It is entirely appropriate, as well as alphabetically fortuitous, that adescriptive exploration of orchestral music flourishing in Americaat the close of the 20th century begins with the music of a composer who has done at least as much as any other to bring late-20thcentury developments in modern music into the American concert hall. John Coolidge Adams, usually described as a minimalist, represents a crossover between the hard-core avant-garde and mainstream concert music.