John Duarte, Composer and Teacher, Dies

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British composer and teacher John Duarte died on December 23, the U.K. web site Gramophone reports. He was 85.

He composed, over the course of his life, over 200 works, most of it for guitar. A number of his works survive as recordings, including Appalachian Dreams, performed by Sharon Isbin, and a CD of his work performed by Antigoni Goni.

Duarte was a chemist by training, but gave up the profession in the early 1970s to devote himself to music. A fan of both classical music and jazz, he was involved with the Spanish Guitar Centre and was friendly with such musicians as Andr_s Segovia and Ida Presti. Segovia recorded some of Duarte's compositions.

As a teacher, he traveled all over the world to master classes and summer schools.

In addition, Duarte was a longtime contributor to Gramophone magazine: writing about guitar, Baroque, and Latin American music: as well as contributing to Soundboard, Classical Guitar, The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, and countless liner notes.

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