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Maury Yeston

American composer, lyricist and music theorist

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Born 23 October 1945 in Jersey City
Age 77 years, 5 months

Sex or gender male
Country of citizenship United States of America
Birth name Maury Alan Yeston
Occupation composer, musicologist, musician, lyricist, music theorist and librettist
Educated at Clare College, Yale University and Grace Hopper College, Yale
Field of work music theory

About Maury Yeston

Maury Yeston is a composer, lyricist, and music theorist who has made a significant impact on the American musical theater scene. Born on October 23, 1945, in Jersey City, New Jersey, Yeston was raised in a musical family and began playing the piano at a young age. He went on to study music at Yale University and later earned a Ph.D. in music theory from the University of Cincinnati.

Yeston's career in musical theater began in the 1970s when he started writing songs for off-Broadway productions. He gained recognition for his work on the musical "Nine," which premiered in 1982 and won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Yeston's other notable works include "Grand Hotel," "Titanic," and "Death Takes a Holiday."

Yeston's music is known for its complex harmonies and intricate melodies, which reflect his background in music theory. He has also been praised for his ability to write songs that capture the emotional depth of his characters and the themes of his shows.

In addition to his work in musical theater, Yeston has also composed music for film and television. He received an Emmy Award for his work on the television special "Night of 100 Stars."

Yeston's contributions to the American musical theater scene have been recognized with numerous awards and honors. In addition to his Tony Awards, he has also received the Drama Desk Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award, and the Grammy Award.

Despite his success, Yeston remains humble and dedicated to his craft. He continues to write music and collaborate with other artists, always striving to create works that are both innovative and emotionally resonant.


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