Ben Johnston, at 93; composer focused on microtonal music
NEW YORK — Ben Johnston, a prolific and influential composer who used microtonal tuning systems to create a large and varied catalog of chamber works, stage pieces, and music for orchestra, choir, voice, and solo piano, died July 21 in Deerfield, Wisc., near Madison. He was 93.
Michael Mitchell, his son-in-law and personal assistant, said the cause was complications of Parkinson's disease.
Mr. Johnston was an unusual avant-gardist: His music was so melodically engaging, rhythmicall...