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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000072.txt from 2005/12

From: Mark Charette <>
Subj: [kl] Donald Martino, 74, Creator of Atonal Musical Works, Dies
Date: Mon, 12 Dec 2005 07:02:09 -0500

From the NY Times:

"Donald Martino, the Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer widely
respected for atonal works that combine intellectual rigor with
expressive freedom, died on Thursday aboard a cruise ship in the
Caribbean en route to Antigua. He was 74.

The cause was cardiac arrest following complications of diabetes, said
Lora Martino, his wife of 36 years, who was vacationing with him. Mr.
Martino lived in Newton, Mass.

A student of Roger Sessions and Milton Babbitt, he was an unapologetic
Modernist steeped in 12-tone techniques. His works, typically, were
dense and formidably complex. A skilled craftsman and comprehensive
musician, he believed in challenging listeners. In moments of
frustration, he attributed the difficulties his music had in winning
mainstream acceptance to concert promoters who cultivated a
"potty-trained audience," as he put it in an interview for his 60th


Much more at the NY Times web site, 12/11/2005

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