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Robert Ward, grand old man of American opera

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Durham composer Robert Ward has written a great deal of music over the years, including eight operas, seven symphonies and countless shorter pieces. But this right here is definitely what he'll be remembered for: It's part of the music he wrote for "The Crucible," an opera that won the Pulitzer Prize for music back in 1962. There's a lot more to Ward's career than just that, though. For more about him and his latest award, see the profile in Sunday's paper.

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David Menconi has been the News & Observer's music critic since 1991. Before that, he spent five years at the Daily Camera in Boulder, Colo. He has a masters in journalism from the University of Texas and a B.A. in English from Southwestern University. You can find more of his writing here.

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