Pulitzer Prize- and Grammy Award-winning composer best known for his lyric operatic and choral music. One of his most popular works, From the Diary of Virginia Woolf, won him the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 1975.
He was drafted into the Army after high school and spent time as a cryptographer. He spent a life-changing year in Florence on a Fulbright Fellowship.
He won the Grammy Award for Best Classical Contemporary Composition for "Casa Guidi" in 2004.
He was born to Sicilian immigrants who raised him in York, Pennsylvania. His wife Carolyn Bailey died in 2006.
His 1996 opera "A Few Words About Chekhov" used letters by Anton Chekhov as its text.