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Dominick Argento has been celebrated as the leading composer of lyric opera of his generation * Wrote thirteen operas that have been performed in both Europe and the U.S. * His music, which is mostly written for voice, displays a natural dramatic impulse * In a predominantly tonal context, his music freely combines tonality, atonality and 12-tone writing * Won the Pulitzer Prize in 1975 for his song cycle From the Diary of Virginia Woolf

Works by Dominick Argento include:
Postcard from Morocco (1971) opera in one act
Casa Guidi(1983) five songs for mezzo-soprano and orchestra
Miss Havisham's Fire(1979, rev.2000) opera in two acts with prologue and epilogue

"I think that music ... began as an emotional language. For me, all music begins where speech stops." — Dominick Argento

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