Composer of operas and songs whose best-known work was his setting of 'Summer and Smoke' by Tennessee Williams. He espoused the philosophy of fellow composer Gian Carlo Menotti with his advocacy of lyricism.
His first opera was "The Scarf," which premiered in 1957.
His longtime collaborator Mark Shulgasser was also his partner until his death.
He wrote chorus and orchestra based on the poems of Walt Whitman.