(b Chicago, 1898; d Orinda, Cal., 1990). Amer. composer, conductor, and critic. Works are mainly for v. with various accs. and incl. settings of Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson. Also 4 syms., incl. one with narrator (No.3, 1956), and 2-act ‘music play’ A Tree on the Plains (1940, rev. 1962); 2 pf. concs. (1963, 1982); Remembering Ansel Adams, elegy, cl., str. (1986); A Life, vc. (1986); pf. trio (1987). Wrote over 250 songs.
From The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music in Oxford Reference.