Opera composer Seymour Barab has died at the age of 93.
The Chicago, Illinois-born musician passed away in New York on 28 June (14).
He began his career as a cellist before becoming a composer, and was a founding member of the Composers String Quartet in the 1960s.
He went on to write music for texts by poets W.B. Yeats and John Dryden and author Kurt Vonnegut, before moving on to composing operas, such as Philip Marshall, A Piece of String, Passion in the Principal's Office and the satire La Pizza Con Funghi.
Barab also penned shows for children, including adaptations of Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella and Snow White.
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