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Charles Peter Wuorinen

(1938-06-09)June 9, 1938
Died March 11, 2020(2020-03-11) (aged 81)
New York City, U.S.
  • Composer
  • Academic teacher

Charles Peter Wuorinen ( June 9, 1938 – March 11, 2020) was an American composer and educator. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 1970. His works were contemporary music based in New York City.

He was born in Manhattan. He wrote more than 270 compositions including works for orchestra, opera, and chamber music, as well as solo instrumental and vocal works. He often played the piano in performances of his works. He composed an opera based on a children's novel by Salman Rushdie, which was first performed by the New York City Opera in 2004. He taught composition at several universities.

Wuorinen died on March 11, 2020 at a Manhattan hospital from problems caused by a fall at the age of 81.

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