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The Sounds that Changed America

In postwar America, one generation of composers transformed music in the here and now – and opened a path to its future. From world cinema to the New York underground, in concert hall, opera house and nightclub, the music of Philip Glass, Steve Reich and John Adams has shaped the trajectory of American music and renewed the way we listen to the world.

As Reich and Glass turn 80 and Adams turns 70, we’re celebrating their impact and influence with a year-long season of premieres, revivals, films and theatrical collaborations.

To launch the season, we go back to the very beginning to learn more about their introduction to music, their influences and the continuing explorations that continue to position them on the front-line of a revolution that is still in progress.

Explore this fascinating journey into the history of American minimalism in our interactive essay.

The Sounds That Changed America
Ahead of our year long celebration, Pwyll ap Siôn interrogates how the music of Steve Reich, Philip Glass and John Adams had a lasting transformation on the American musical landscape


Reich, Glass, Adams: The Sounds that Changed America
takes place from 5 November–25 April 2017.

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