(b NY, 1926; d NY, 2003). Amer. composer and clarinettist. Début NY 1946. Teacher of comp. and chamber mus. at Sarah Lawrence Coll., NY, from 1951. Mus., some of it highly experimental, influenced by jazz and 12-note system. Works incl. 6 operas (incl. Dr Faustus Lights the Lights, 1953, lib. by Gertrude Stein); 5 ballets; 11 syms.; Concerto for Orchestra; 3 pf. concs.; 2 vc. concs.; vn. conc.; tuba conc.; cl. conc.; Lyric Symphony; 7 str. qts.; Cycle of Infinities, over 25 works of various kinds all based on same 12-note row and, principally, same theme; choral works; pf. pieces; and songs.
From The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music in Oxford Reference.