(b NY, 1941; d Truro, Mass., 1992). Amer. composer. Won Amer. Prix de Rome 1965–6, 1966–7. Teacher at Stanford Univ. 1970–1, Smith Coll., Northampton, Mass., 1974–6. Comp.-in-res. Seattle SO 1985–7. Won Pulitzer Prize 1985 for RiverRun. Several of his works are based on, or are settings of, James Joyce's novel Finnegans Wake. Works incl. Illuminations, brass, pf., hps., perc. (1962); Imitations, str. qt. (1964); Bacchae, narr., ch., orch. (1967–8); Letters from the Golden Notebooks, orch. (1971); Cathedral Music, elec. and traditional instrs. (1972); To Wake the Dead, sop., 5 instr. (1977); Music from the Stone Harp, 8 players (1980); Sym., RiverRun, orch. (1983–4); Flower on the Mountain, sop., chamber orch. (1985); vn. conc. (In Concordiam) (1988); vc. conc. (1990); Wind Canticle, cl., orch. (1992).
From The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music in Oxford Reference.