He was the Santa Claus of new music, an oversized elf whom you could only picture with a broad grin on his face and a belly shaking with laughter. He was the supreme hedonist of us all. "Accompanied by courtesy, lust and greed are the two great virtues"that was his word. Yet he could be serious when serious was called for, and his worldwide concerns dwarfed our parochial perspectives as his frame and stature dwarfed those around him. An Esperanto scholar, he gave his works titles like "Koncherto por la Violono kun Perkuta Orkestra" and set the Buddhist Heart Sutra in that... More >>>
By photo: Jack Vartoogian
He wrote whatever he enjoyed and never gave a thought to his place in history.