'I don't look back in anger because I feel I've won the battle. The others have disappeared.'
He had a terrible temper, which caused difficulties with colleagues and friends. As an outspoken and open homosexual, he was the hero of many gay artists, including Ned Rorem, on whom he had a big influence.
He shone in large scale works, and had the gift of melody. His music includes eleven symphonies, ten string quartets, ballet and film scores and the popular Rounds for string orchestra. Awards include the National Medal of Arts (presented by Bill Clinton in 1995) and being named a 'Centennial Fellow' of the Juilliard School of Music, where he served as professor of composition for many years.
Diamond died of heart failure at home in Brighton, Rochester, NY, USA on 13 June 2005, aged 89, one of the last members of the American Romantic Movement.
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