James Primosch (1956-2021)

My former teacher and dissertation advisor, James Primosch, has died, age 64. Jim was an honest, warm, caring, compassionate human being, and I will miss him. I learned the music of many wonderful composers through him: Davidovsky, Perle, Martino, and others. We got along splendidly from our first meetings and shared many laughs and a lot of dark humor. (We also share a birthday.) Jim wrote some truly stunningly beautiful pieces, especially some of his songs—I hope he knew that, I told him so—and I believe that beauty will live on and Jim through it. Rest in peace, my dear friend.