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George Perle

American composer, teacher, and musical theorist George Perle (1915-2009) was heavily influenced by the atonal twelve-tone compositional style of 20th century composer Arnold Schoenberg, but Perle developed his own style, which he called twelve-tone tonality. Perle’s work is distinguished by its lyricism and wit.   The twelve-tone technique developed by Schoenberg means that all 12 notes of the musical scale are sounded equally in a piece of music, with no one note receiving more emphasis than another. Perle, however, did not use a strict, predetermined order of note sequences, as the twelve-tone system does.   Perle began his musical studies as a teenager in Chicago.


- Critical Moments 2 (2001)