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Donald Martino, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer dies

Donald Martino, the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer who headed the composition department at the New England Conservatory, died last week on a Caribbean cruise. He was 74.

Martino, who lived in Newton, had a heart attack after a diabetic episode, said the conservatory's public relations manager, Ellen Pfeifer. He led the Composition Department from 1969 to 1981.

Martino wrote Notturno, the now-classic chamber work for flutes, clarinets, violin/viola, cello, piano and percussion. The piece was honoured with the 1974 Pulitzer and has since been recorded numerous times. He was working on a new concertino for violin and 14 instruments commissioned by the Tanglewood Music Center when he died.

Martino was born in Plainfield, N.J. He graduated from Syracuse University and studied composition at Princeton and in Florence, Italy. He also taught at Brandeis University and Harvard before joining NEC.


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