Adams, Leslie

Period: Late 20th Century

Born: Tuesday, December 20, 1932 in Cleveland, Ohio (USA)

As of October 2015 this composer is still living.
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Nation of Origin: United States

Major Works:

Other Information:
H. Leslie Adams is well and working as of summer, 2004. He recently completed "Quartet in D Flat for Strings" in four movements, and numerous piano etudes and art songs.

In April, 2004 he and Pianist Maria Corley gave several presentations at The Juilliard School in New York City. This event coincided with the "grand opening" of the new all-Adams CD, "Twelve Etudes" (Albany Records, Catalog Troy639) featuring Corley.

This CD takes its place as a companion to "Love Rejoices: Songs of H. Leslie Adams" (Albany Records, Catalog Troy428) featuring Darryl Taylor, tenor, which is in its second edition.

In June, 2002, he had just completed two new art songs and a sixteenth piano etude. His career is flourishing, having enjoyed over 50 major performances worldwide since fall of 2001. His CD, "Love Rejoices: Songs of H. Leslie Adams" (featuring Tenor Darryl Taylor; Albany Records, #Troy428) was cited by music critic John Boyer (American Record Guide, 2002) as "Critic's Choice for One the Best Recordings of 2001." In April, 2002, Adams was Guest Composer at Tufts University (at Medford, MA) Millersville University (at Lancaster, PA) and the NANM Central Region Conference (at Detroit, MI). In the Calendar section of his Home Page are listed current available reference citations. The H. Leslie Adams - Composer Home Page at offers an extensive amount of information on this leading American composer.

Since 2004, H. Leslie Adams has concentrated on instrumental chamber works. He has completed works for viola and piano, flute and piano, oboe and piano, English horn and piano, bassoon and piano, and a trio for clarinet, violin and piano.

General Bibliography:
Lampert, Vera; Kemp, Ian; and White, Eric Walter, The New Grove Modern Masters (The New Grove Series), W. W. Norton & Company, November 1997, ISBN: 0393315924

Slonimsky, Nicolas, Music Since 1900, Schirmer Books, July 1994, ISBN: 0028724186

Griffiths, Paul, Modern Music and After: Directions Since 1945, Oxford University Press; 1st edition (April 11, 1996), ISBN: 0198165110

Slonimsky, Nicolas and Kuhn, Laura; Editors, Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, Gale Group, December 2000, ISBN: 0028655257

Sadie, Stanley and Tyrrell, John; Editors, The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, Groves Dictionaries, Inc., January 2004, ISBN: 0195170679

Rutherford-Johnson, Tim, Kennedy, Michael, and Kennedy, Joyce The Oxford Dictionary of Music, Oxford University Press, 6th Edition, 2012, ISBN: 0199578109

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Biographical essay from Wikipedia
The Leslie Adams Home Page