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George Perle (born May 6, 1915 in Bayonne, New Jersey) is a composer and musicologist who has studied with Ernst Krenek. He composes with a technique of his own devising called twelve-tone tonality, which is very different from the twelve tone technique (Perle, 1992). Former student Paul Lansky describes: "Basically this creates a hierarchy among the notes of the chromatic scale so that they are all referentially related to one or two pitches which then function as a tonic note or chord in tonality. The system similarly creates a hierarchy among intervals and finally among larger collections of notes, 'chords.' The main debt of this system to the 12-tone system lies in its use of an ordered linear succession in the same way that a 12-tone set does." (Chase 1992, p.587) May 6 is the 126th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (127th in leap years). ... 1915 (MCMXV) was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... Seal of Bayonne Bayonne is a city in Hudson County, New Jersey, United States. ... A composer is a person who writes music. ... A musicologist is someone who studies musicology. ... Ernst Krenek Ernst Krenek (August 23, 1900 – December 22, 1991) was an Austrian-born composer of Czech ancestry; throughout his life he insisted that his name be written Krenek rather than Křenek, and that it should be pronounced as a German word. ... Twelve-tone technique is a system of musical composition devised by Arnold Schoenberg. ... Paul Lansky (born 1944) is widely considered one of the original electronic music or computer music composers, and has been producing works from the 1970s up to the present day (see discography, below). ...

He was cofounder, in 1968, of the Alban Berg Society with Igor Stravinsky and, in 1986, was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship and a Pulitzer Prize for his Fourth Wind Quintet. Alban Maria Johannes Berg (February 9, 1885 – December 24, 1935) was an Austrian composer. ... Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky (Russian: И́горь Фёдорович Страви́нский Igor Fjodorovič Stravinskij) (June 17, 1882 – April 6, 1971) was a Russian-born composer of modern classical music. ... The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation is a private, independent grantmaking institution. ... The gold medal awarded for Public Service in Journalism The Pulitzer Prize is an American award regarded as the highest honor in print journalism, literary achievements, and musical compositions. ...

Partial bibliography

  • Perle, George (1992). Symmetry, the Twelve-Tone Scale, and Tonality. Contemporary Music Review 6 (2), pp. 81-96
  • Perle, George (1962, reprint 1991). Serial Composition and Atonality: An Introduction to the Music of Schoenberg, Berg, and Webern. University of California Press. ISBN 0520074300
  • Perle, George (1978, reprint 1992). Twelve-Tone Tonality. University of California Press. ISBN 0520201426.
  • Perle, George (1990). The Listening Composer. California: University of California Press. ISBN 0520069919.
  • Perle, George (1984). Scriabin's Self-Analysis, Musical Analysis III/2 (July).
  • Perle, George (1985). The Operas of Alban Berg. Vol. 2: Lulu. California: University of California Press.


  • Chase, Gilbert (1992). America's Music: From the Pilgrims to the Present. University of Illinois Press, ISBN 0252062752.

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