Des Marais by born on June 23, 1920, in Menominee,
MI.; studied with Leo Sowerby in Chicago; BA
(1949), MA (1953), Harvard Univ., where he studied
with Nadia Boulanger and Walter Piston; taught
composition at the University of California, Los
Angeles from 1960; works include the operas
Epiphanies (1964-8) and Le cimetière marin (1971),
two piano sonatas (1947, 1952), music for various
vocal and instrumental ensembles, and incidental
music for theatrical and dance productions.
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