Composer David Diamond, June 13David Diamond, a distinguished American composer who wrote 11 symphonies and 10 string quartets, as well as ballets and film scores, died on June 13. He was 89. Diamond was part of what some call a forgotten generation of great American symphonists that included Howard Hanson, Roy Harris, William Schuman, Walter Piston and Peter Mennin. They had a resurgence in popularity in the 1980s and 90s, thanks in part to conductors like Gerard Schwarz, musical director of the Seattle Symphony and a champion of Diamond.
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