This is in memory of Merce Cunningham, Michael Steinberg, and Robert Hilferty, all of whom died over the weekend. The first two, grand old men of dance and music writing, will be widely eulogized in coming days. But I would especially like to remember my friend Robert, an elegant writer, a passionate listener, a gifted filmmaker, and an uncommon bright spirit, whose beaming face was a fixture in New York concert halls. I hope his wonderful film about Milton Babbitt, Portrait of a Serial Composer, will soon be released. His death is a terrible shock. Heartfelt condolences to his partner, Fabio Toblini.
Update (8/19): the New York Times's obituary for Robert.