Perle, George

Perle, George

(1915–  ) composer, theorist; born in Bayonne, N.J. After musical studies in Chicago and at New York University, he taught at several schools before settling at Queens College (1961–84). He was a leading exponent and theorist of serial composition, his books including Serial Composition and Atonality (5th ed. 1982), his compositions including three symphonies and much chamber music.