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The New York-born composer, who lived in Santa Fe, N.M., was in Israel for medical treatment. He had been diagnosed with the cancer while still mourning his wife’s 2006 death of breast cancer.
Lieberson was a well-established artist years before he met Lorraine Hunt in 1997. His works were being performed by the top U.S. orchestras and soloists including cellist Yo-Yo Ma and pianists Emanuel Ax and Peter Serkin.
A follower of Tibetan Buddhism, Lieberson came from a generation of composers whose classical music was suffused with references to more popular, audience-friendly styles such as jazz and Broadway.
In 1983, Serkin premiered Lieberson’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, which then commissioned three more works from him, including the 2010 “Songs of Love and Sorrow” for baritone, to poems by Pablo Neruda.
After Hunt Lieberson’s death at age 52, National Public Radio titled a program about their magical collaboration “Tracing Love’s Arc.” She had canceled most of her concerts in the final months of her life _ except for performances of the “Neruda Songs” with orchestra that her husband wrote for her and she recorded.
The Washington Post called them “one of the most extraordinarily affecting artistic gifts ever created by one lover to another.”
“We didn’t have any idea that we would lose Lorraine so soon,” Levine told NPR. “But Peter could hardly have written a more appropriate piece, in every respect _ to her talent, to her artistry, to her emotion and intelligence and everything that she had _ which was really extraordinary.”
Lieberson once said that her voice gave him chills _ long before they met.
“I realized it was a kind of force that I was listening to,” he said. “It wasn’t the trained voice so much that impressed me _ it was the soul behind it.”
Those who heard his compositions had a similar reaction to his talent.
After a 2006 concert, New York Times critic Allan Kozinn noted Lieberson’s “cohesive, energetic and intensely communicative style … and a current of lyricism and drama that gives this music its warmth and passion.”
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