One of the most prolific contemporary classical composers, David Diamond was born in Rochester, New York on July 9, 1915. He studied at the
Cleveland Institute, the Eastman School of Music, at the Dalcroze Institute in New York, and with Nadia Boulanger in Paris. A faculty member at the Manhattan School of Music and Juilliard, he received three
Guggenheim Fellowships and numerous other awards, and has composed many symphonies, chamber pieces, choral works, song cycles, and ballets. Diamond’s film work includes Anna Lucasta, Dreams That Money
Can Buy, A Life in the Balance, A Place to Live, and Strange Victory. Some of his theater works are “The Rose Tattoo,” “The Tempest,” and a ballet based on e. e. cummings
text. His autobiography is entitled “The Midnight Sleep,” and he died on June 13, 2005.