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Elliott Carter, the titan of new music, died in November at 103. The innovative composer was considered one of the greatest musical talents of the last 100 years.
His compositions weren't always accessible by general audiences, but his influence in the field of composition was immeasurable.
A month after Carter's death, his colleague and friend Charles Rosen -- the pianist and writer -- died at 85. The author of "The Classical Style" was an intellectual and a musician -- a highly respected cultural figure whose career spanned multiple disciplines.
Local dance fans lost two significant talents -- Yvonne Mounsey, who directed the Westside School of Ballet, and Zina Bethune, who brought dance to disabled children around Southern California.
Click through the photo gallery above for notable talents from classical music, dance and the arts who died in 2012.