Lee Hoiby

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Birthday
17, 1926
Birthplace
Wisconsin
Death Date
Mar 28, 2011 (85)
Birth Sign
Aquarius
Birthday
17, 1926
Birthplace
Wisconsin
Death Date
Mar 28, 2011 (85)

About

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.

Before Fame

He was seen as a child prodigy and began playing the piano at age five, later studying with pianists Gunnar Johansen and Egon Petri at the University of Wisconsin.

Trivia

His first opera was "The Scarf," which premiered in 1957.

Family Life

His longtime collaborator Mark Shulgasser was also his partner until his death.

Associated With

He wrote chorus and orchestra based on the poems of Walt Whitman.