Robert Kreutz

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Robert Kreutz died of heart failure on April 7, 1996, at the age of 74. Mr. Kreutz studied composition at the American Conservatory in Chicago and at the University of California, Los Angeles. His first published composition was the Mass of the Compassionate Samaritan (1965). He collaborated with Willard Jabusch to produce the opera Francesco, which had its premiere at Orchestra Hall in Chicago in 1987. Mr. Kreutz is probaby best know among pastoral musicians for his contributions to Peoples Mass Book and other aids to sung liturgy, among them compositions published by World Library/Paluch, his collection Psalm (OCP Publications), and numerous choral works for GIA (best known is G-3089, "Gift of Finest Wheat"). His compositions were always informed by his pastoral practice: for more than thirty years he served as a parish choir director in Lakewood, Colorado.

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