- David Cope,
- Hugh Davies
- and Melissa J. De Graaf
(b Sacramento, CA, June 5, 1937). American composer and timpanist. He received a BA from Sacramento State College and an MA from the University of California, Davis, where his teachers in composition were larry Austin, Jerome Rosen, and Richard Swift. Other teachers included David Tudor, John Cage, and Karlheinz Stockhausen. He was a founder of the New Music Ensemble (1963) and an editor of Source: Music of the Avant Garde from 1971 until it ceased publication in 1977. He was principal timpanist with the Sacramento SO (1963–97), the Sacramento Opera (1980–2008), and the Sacramento PO (1998–2008). He resides in Sacramento, where he remains active as a composer.
Lunetta’s music, which frequently includes slide projections, dancers, theater, electronics, and set-sculptures, is highly inventive, offering at times a biting wit or keen social commentary; much of it displays a theatrical flair and reflects Lunetta’s interest in percussion. Since ...