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Composer Donald Martino dead at 74

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LOS ANGELES, Dec 12, 2005 (UPI via COMTEX) -- Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Donald Martino died on a cruise ship while on vacation with his wife at age 74.

Martino and his wife, Lora, were sailing aboard a cruise ship in the Caribbean to Antigua when he died Thursday of cardiac arrest, the New York Times reported Monday.

Lora Martino said her husband of 36 years suffered from diabetes.

The resident of Newton, Mass., was known for his "atonal compositions that combine intellectual rigor with expressive freedom," the Times said.

He wrote dense and complex works steeped in 12-tone techniques such as the 30-minute, nine movement piece, "Fantasies and Impromptus."

Martino won the Pulitzer Prize in 1974 for "Notturno," a 20-minute chamber work.

He and his wife founded a publishing house, Dantalian Inc., in 1978 to put out his music.

In addition to his wife, survivors include a son and daughter.


Copyright 2005 by United Press International

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