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Born in 1915, George Perle is considered one of America's eminent composers. He was among the first American composers and theorists of the early years of the twentieth century to recognize the importance of, and be influenced by, the Second Viennese School of twelve-tone composers (Arnold Schoenberg, Alban Berg, and Anton Webern). He studied composition at DePaul University in Chicago (B.M., 1938), and privately with Ernst Krenek. He earned additional degrees from the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago (M.M., 1942) and New York University (Ph.D., 1956).

Perle's musical compositions include works for orchestra, concert band, chamber ensembles, solo voice, chorus, various solo instruments, and the theater. His many written publications include The Operas of Alban Berg in two volumes (1980, 1985); Twelve-Tone Tonality (2nd ed., rev., 1996); The Listening Composer (1990); The Right Notes: Twenty-Three Selected Essays on Twentieth-Century Music (1995); and Style and Idea in the "Lyric Suite" of Alban Berg (1995).

Perle has taught at the University of Louisville (1949-57), the University of California, Davis (1957-61), and Queens College of the City University of New York (1961-84). He has served as composer-in-residence with the San Francisco Symphony (1989-91) and at the Marlboro Music Festival (1993), artist-in-residence at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, and as a frequent visiting composer at the Tanglewood Music Festival. His book Serial Composition and Atonality, published in 1962 and now in its sixth edition, is generally recognized as the standard text on the atonal and twelve-tone music of Arnold Schoenberg, Alban Berg, and Anton Webern.

The accomplishments of George Perle in the realms of music composition, analysis, and theory have been repeatedly acknowledged in the many honors he has recieved throughout his life. These include two Guggenheim Fellowships (1966, 1974), election to the Institute of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters (1978) and to the National Academy of Arts and Sciences (1985), the Pulitzer Prize in music (1986) for Wind Quintet no. 4, and a MacArthur Fellowship (1986). His book The Operas of Alban Berg was the 1981 recipient of both the Otto Kinkeldey Award of the American Musicological Society and the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award.

Discography

Pantomime, Interlude and Fugue - piano [1937]
Michael Boriskin, piano.
New World NW 342 (1987)

Modal Suite - piano [1940]
Sahan Arzuni, piano.
New World 80590 (2002)

Two Rilke Songs - soprano and piano [1941]
Bethany Beardsley, soprano; Morey Ritt, piano.
CRI SD 403 (1979)

Hebrew Melodies - cello [1945]
Matt Haimovitz, cello.
Deutsche Grammophon 453-417 (1991)
Deutsche Grammophon 459-502 (2005)

Carol Honigberg, cello.
Albany TROY 157 (1995)

Dorothea von Albrecht, cello.
DACO CD 102 (1997)

Lyric Piece - cello and piano [1946]
Seymour Barab, cello; William Masselos, piano.
Paradox PL 10001 (195?)

Da Capo Chamber Players (Emelianoff and Rothenberg).
GM CD 2020 (1990)

Dolly Eugenia Kessner, cello.
Capstone 8267 (1996)

Six Preludes - piano [1946]
Robert Helps, piano.
RCA Victor LSC-7042 (1966)
CRI SD-288 (1972)
CRI CD-874 (2001)

Solemn Procession - band [1947]
Tokyo Kosei Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell, conductor.
Kosei KOCD-3571 (1993)

Rhapsody for Orchestra [195?]
Louisville Orchestra, Robert Whiting, conductor.
Louisville Orchestra First Edition LOU-545-9 (1955)

String Quintet, Op. 35 [1958]
Beaux Arts String Quartet; Walter Trampler, viola..
CRI SD-148 (1961)
CRI SD-403 (1979)

Wind Quintet No. 1 [1959]
Dorian Wind Quintet.
New World NW 359 (1988)

Monody I - flute [1960]
Samuel Baron, flute.
CRI SD-212 (1966)

Patricia Spencer, flute.
Neuma CD 88 (1998)

Three Movements for Orchestra [1960]
Royal Philharmonic, David Epstein, conductor.
CRI SD-331 (1975)

Wind Quintet No. 2 [1960]
Dorian Wind Quintet.
New World NW 359 (1988)

String Quartet No. 5 [1960, rev. 1967]
The Composer's Quartet.
Nonesuch H-71280 (1970)

Monody II - string bass [1962]
Burtram Turetzky, bass.
Advance FGR-1 (1964)

Lawrence Wolfe, bass.
Titanic Ti-255 (1999)

Three Inventions - bassoon [1962]
Arthur Grossman, bassoon.
Coronet 2741 (197?)

Andrew Cordle, bassoon.
Orion ORS 77269 (1977)

Short Sonata - piano [1964]
Michael Boriskin, piano.
New World NW 342 (1987)

Wind Quintet No. 3 [1967]
Dorian Wind Quintet.
New World NW 359 (1988)

Serenade No. 2 - chamber orchestra [1968]
Contemporary Chamber Ensemble.
Library of Congress Concert 1968-02-28.
LWO 5608

Toccata - piano [1969]
Robert Miller, piano.
CRI SC-306 (1974)

Michael Boriskin, piano.
New World NW 342 (1987)

Suite in C - piano [1970]
Michael Boriskin, piano.
New World NW 342 (1987)

Fantasy Variations - piano [1971]
Michael Boriskin, piano.
New World NW 342 (1987)

String Quartet No. 7 [1973]
New York String Quartet.
CRI SD-387 (1978)

Sonnets to Orpheus (from Songs of Praise and Lamentation) SATB chorus [1974]
New York Virtuoso Singers.
CRI CD-615 (1994)

Six Etudes - piano [1976]
Bradford Gowen, piano.
New World NW 304 (1979)
New World 80304 (1998)

Michael Boriskin, piano.
Harmonia Mundi 907124 (1994)

Frances Renzi, piano.
Centaur CRC 2301 (1997)

Thirteen Dickinson Songs - soprano and piano [1977-78]
Bethany Beardsley, soprano; Morey Ritt, piano.
CRI SD-403 (1979)
CRI CD-724 (1997)

Faith Esham, soprano; Thomas Muraco, piano. (Four selections)
Library of Congress Concert 1983-01-03.
RWA 4832-33

Concertino for Piano, Winds and Timpani [1979]
Richard Goode, piano; Music Today, Gerard Schwarz, conductor.
Nonesuch 79108 (1985)

Mary Sauer, piano; De Paul University Wind Ensemble, Donald DeRoche, conductor.
Albany TROY 568 (2005)

Scherzo - flute, clarinet, violin and cello [1980?]
The Da Capo Chamber Players.
CRI SD-441 (1981)

Ballade - piano [1981]
Richard Goode, piano; Music Today, Gerard Schwarz, conductor.
Nonesuch 79108 (1985)

Sonata a quattro - chamber ensemble [1982]
Da Capo Chamber Players.
GM CD 2020 (1990)

Serenade No. 3 - piano and chamber ensemble [1983]
Richard Goode, piano; Music Today, Gerard Schwarz, conductor.
Nonesuch 79108 (1985)

Wind Quintet No. 4 [1984]
Dorian Wind Quintet.
New World NW 359 (1988)

Six New Etudes - piano [1984]
Michael Boriskin, piano.
New World NW 342 (1987)

Russell Sherman, piano.
GM CD 2071 (2002)

Sonata - cello and piano [1985]
Da Capo Chamber Players (Emelianoff and McDermott).
GM CD 2020 (1990)

Sonatina - piano [1986]
Michael Boriskin, piano.
New World NW 380 (1989)

Soliloquy - piano [198?]
Michael Boriskin, piano.
New World NW 380 (1989)

Lyric Intermezzo - piano [1987]
Michael Boriskin, piano.
New World NW 342 (1987)

Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Edwin London, conductor
Albany TROY 342 (1999)

Concerto No. 1 - piano and orchestra [1990]
Michael Boriskin, piano; Seattle Symphony, Gerard Schwarz, conductor.
Albany TROY 292 (1999)

Sinfonietta II - orchestra [1990]
Seattle Symphony, Gerard Schwarz, conductor.
Albany TROY 292 (1999)

Adagio for Orchestra [1992]
Seattle Symphony, Gerard Schwarz, conductor.
Albany TROY 292 (1999)

Concerto No. 2 - piano and orchestra [1992]
Michael Boriskin, piano; Utah Symphony, Joseph Silverstein, conductor.
Harmonia Mundi 907124 (1994)

Transcendental Meditations - orchestra [1993]
American Symphony Orchestra, Leon Botstein, conductor.
New World 80631 (2005)

Six Celebratory Inventions - piano [1995]
Russell Sherman, piano.
GM CD 2071 (2002)

Critical Moments 2 - chamber ensemble [2001]
Eighth Blackbird.
Cedille CDR 067 (2003)


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