As part of the celebrations, in this his 70th-birthday year, John Adams is to be involved in creating a piece of aleatoric music. Following in the creative footsteps of Pierre Boulez (who initiated the term during the 1950s), and such as Karlheinz Stockhausen, John Cage and Witold Lutosławski, Adams welcomes the opportunity to help create such a score with its element of chance, the latter acknowledging that a co-commissioner for the new work is the betting company, Paddy Power. The other commissioner is the Greek Ministry of Culture and this places the premiere in Athens, details of which are to be announced in due course.


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