Magazine article The Tracker

Obituaries: DANIEL PINKHAM

Magazine article The Tracker

Obituaries: DANIEL PINKHAM

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DANIEL PINKHAM died on December 18 of chronic lymphocytic leukemia in Cambridge, Massachusetts, at the age of eighty-three. Pinkham was born in Lynn, Massachusetts, as the great-grandson of Lydia E. Pinkham, who was renowned for her patented medicinal concoction said to cure "female complaints." He attended Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, where his interest in music was sparked. He subsequently studied at Harvard University, where his composition teachers included Walter Piston and Aaron Copland, and at Tanglewood, where he worked with Arthur Honegger, Samuel Barber, and Nadia Boulanger.

Pinkham was a prolific, widely performed, influential composer whose compositions range from large-scaled choral works and virtuoso concert works for organ, to more modest, readily accessible pieces for the working musician. His interest in early music was as passionate as his interest in new music. He studied harpsichord with Putnam Aldrich and Wanda Landowska, and organ with E. …

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