Pulitzer Prize-Winning Composer Dominick Argento Dies at 91


Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Dominick Argento, who wrote musical works impressed by the lives and literature of Edgar Allan Poe, Charles Dickens, Casanova, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Henry James and Virginia Woolf, had died. He was 91.

Argento died Wednesday in Minneapolis, in accordance with Carol Ann Cheung, a spokeswoman for his music writer, Boosey & Hawkes.

Known for composing in kinds starting from melody to dissonance, he earned the Pulitzer in 1975 for “From the Diary of Virginia Woolf,” a composition for voice and piano.

He additionally gained a 2003 Grammy Award for greatest classical modern composition for “Casa Guidi,” recorded by mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade and the Minnesota Orchestra.

Argento’s operas embody The Voyage of Edgar Allan Poe, Miss Havisham’s Wedding Night, Postcard from Morocco, Casanova’s Homecoming, The Aspern Papers and The Dream of Valentino.

Born in York, Pennsylvania, he acquired undergraduate and graduate levels from the Peabody Conservatory. He studied in Italy after incomes fellowships, turned music director of Hilltop Opera in Baltimore and taught on the Eastman School in Rochester, New York.

In 1958, he joined the college of the Department of Music on the University of Minnesota, the place he taught till 1997 and later held the rank of Professor Emeritus.