|Tom Johnson||Jan Kopp|
|TOM JOHNSON (Colorado, USA, 1939)|
|WORKS I CV|
Some of Johnson’s musical compositions include the operas The Four Note Opera (1972) and Riemannoper (1988). Some of his most widely interpreted non-operatic works include Bedtime Stories, Rational Melodies, Music and Questions, Counting Duets, Tango, Narayana's Cows, and Failing: a very difficult piece for solo string bass. His most extensive composition, Bonhoeffer Oratorium, a two hour piece for orchestra and soloists, with text by the German theologist Dietrich Bonhoeffer, was awarded the Maastrich prize in 1966 and has been performed in Berlin and New York. Johnson has also written radio pieces such as J'entends un choeur (commissioned by Radio France for the Italian Prize, 1993), Music and Questions and Die Melodiemaschinen. His most recent projects are compositions for solo instrumentalists, such as Combinations for String Quartet, presented in Berlin for the MärzMusic Festival in 2004.
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Study to become "twelve" (2008). Pencil drawings on yellow paper or cardboard. 35 x 50 cm.