Saturday, June 11, 2005

Composer David Diamond (1915 - 2005)

Composer David Diamond, "one of the most gifted and prolific American composers of the 20th century," died on Monday at his home near Rochester, New York. He was 89. There are a couple of notable passages about the friendship between Diamond and Louise Brooks in the Barry Paris biography. Diamond also appeared in the documentary, Louise Brooks: Looking for Lulu. In that film, he spoke of Brooks' affection for The Journal of Eugenie de Guerin. He also relayed Charlie Chaplin's unforgettable comment about Brooks' "breasts like little pears."

Here is a link to a rather interesting Rochester Democrat and Chronicle article on the composer. Diamond's life was really quite remarkable, and this particular piece is worth checking out. Also, here is the obituary from the New York Times. The NPR website has a couple of audio pieces on this significant artist.

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