160 David Del Tredici was a Pulitzer Prize-winning composer for the stage whose work was inspired by “Alice in Wonderland,” including his 1976 breakthrough work, “Final Alice,” which made him renowned as an “outsider” composer. David Del Tredici’s legacy Born in Cloverdale, California, Del Tredici wanted to be a pianist when he was 12. He… Continue reading Alice in Wonderland composer dies at 86 – .
267 Steven Lutvak was a composer for stage and screen best known for his work on the Tony Award-winning musical “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.” Steven Lutvak’s legacy Born in New York City, Lutvak earned a degree in music from Binghamton University, then completed the first ever graduate program in musical theatre writing… Continue reading Tony Award-nominated composer dies at 64 – .
127 Carla Bley was an influential figure in the free jazz movement who became a staunch advocate of artists’ rights and the creation of independent record labels so musicians would have greater control over their own music. Carla Bley’s legacy The Oakland, California-born Bley was encouraged to explore music at a young age, thanks to… Continue reading influential free jazz composer dies at 87 – .
198 Kaija Saariaho was a Finnish composer who saw music as an art for all the senses, suggesting color, texture, and more for a richer sensory palate. Kaija Saariaho’s legacy Early in her music studies, Saariaho began to forge the philosophies that would inform her later work. Feeling stifled by the rigid structures that were… Continue reading Finnish composer dies at 70 – .
21 Bill Lee was a bassist who played with musicians including Bob Dylan and Aretha Franklin (1942–2018) and composed music for the movies of his son, Spike Lee. Bill Lee’s legacy Lee was a prolific session musician who played bass with some of the greats of the 1960s and ‘70s. His bass can be heard… Continue reading bassist and composer dies at 94 – .