An American composer born November 18, 1939 in the United States.
Tom Johnson studied at Yale University and took private lessons with Morton Feldman. His career, begun in the USA, continued from 1983 in France, where he became one of the main representatives of the minimalist musical movement. Tom Johnson’s compositions are often demonstrations in music of mathematical phenomena and frequently use formulae, permutations and sequences deduced from restricted material. The composer’s interest such logical processes as counting is apparent in his works, not without a certain sense of humour. His untrammelled, contrasted and apparently simple language has been expressed in operas, pieces for various formations or as radiophonic works. HIs works include Duos à compter (1982), Histoires à dormir debout (1985), Riemannoper (1988), an opera based on four notes, Les Vaches de Narayana (1989), Bonhoeffer Oratorium (1988-1982), Organ and silence (1999), Kientzy Loops (2000), 844 Chords (2005), Septet II (2009).