Classical symphony composer who instilled knowledge and appreciation for modern works in a generation of classical musicians. His notable students include Milton Babbitt and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, who became the Master of the Queen's Music.
He studied music at Yale and composition under the renowned musician Ernest Bloch. He started writing his own pieces while traveling Europe during his twenties and early thirties. He staged a series of well-received concerts with Aaron Copland upon his return.
He composed nine symphonies in total, widely ranging in their style and tone, as well as many sonatas and quartets for the piano.
He was born in Brooklyn, New York, a direct descendant of Samuel Huntington, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.
He and Walter Piston were contemporaries. Both men became renowned composers and music theorists.