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Ben Johnston, Who Made Microtonal Music Melodic, Dies at 93

Jul 25, 2019 - The New York Times

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 on Sunday in Deerfield, Wis., 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, rhythmically vital and ...