Norman Lebrecht on shifting sound worlds
Robert Ward, composer of The Crucible, has died, aged 95.
You can read his life story here.
An amazing career of which most followers of contemporary music (at least on the east and west coasts) are wholly unaware. He kept those symphonies and operas coming non-stop, despite being ignored by all and sundry in the “establishment” at least after “The Crucible” was produced by the N.Y. City Opera. Incidentally, a rare performance of a piece by one of Ward’s teachers, the once highly-regarded Bernard Wagenaar, is slated at the end of the month on a program by the National Symphony in D.C.
I love The Crucible. To my knowledge, Arthur Miller was not very involved in the adaptation and did not receive or co-receive the Pulitzer with Ward.
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