Cecil Effinger

Cecil Effinger, 76, a composer who invented the Musicwriter, a typewriter designed for composers, died Dec. 22 in Boulder, Colo.

In 1954 he received a patent for the Musicwriter, a typewriter designed for composers. He composed the operas “Cyrano” (1967) and “The Gentleman Desperado” (1976), as well as choral and orchestral works.

Effinger became professor of music at Colorado College in 1946 and then headed the composition department at the U. of Colorado. From 1946 to 1948 he was music critic of the Denver Post.

Survived by his second wife, five children and seven grandchildren.

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