Peter Westergaard

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Peter Westergaard is the William Shubael Conant Professor of Music, Emeritus, at Princeton University. A composer and music theorist, he was a student of Milton Babbitt. He has composed numerous operas from Charivari (1953) to Alice and Wonderland (2006). He is also the author of "An Introduction to Tonal Theory (W.W. Norton, 1975).

Amongst former pupils of Babbitt, Westergaard stands out for his contributions to serial theory, as well as for his compositions, which are characterized by a delight in symmetry and mirror relationships, together with a concern for the systematic and integrated use of all the parameters of music, producing multileveled, clear, beautiful, and audible patterns (Paul Griffiths, Modern Music, 1981).

Westergaard was born in 1931 in Champaign, Illinois. He pursued undergraduate studies at Harvard University, graduating in 1953, and in 1956 obtained an M.F.A. degree from Princeton University. He studied with Roger Sessions, Walter Piston, Darius Milhaud, Edward Cone, Milton Babbitt and Wolfgang Fortner in Freiburg.

Wolfgang Fortner's class in Freiburg, 1965

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2 ALL 4S (1996)
perc quartet

4 ANYONE LIVED IN A PRETTY HOW TOWN (1996)
chamber chorus (SATB)

5 ARIEL MUSIC (1987)
fl/picc, ob, cl/bcl, tpt, celesta/pf, perc, str qt

6 CANTATA V (1997)
baritone, perc quartet

7 CANTATA VI - TO THE DARK LADY (1998)
4 singers, 2 perc

8 CHARIVARI (1953)
chamber opera; col sop, mezzo, tenor, bar, bass, sop sax, small chorus, fl, bn, vn, va, vc, db, perc

10 EPITHALAMIUM (2000)
chorus (SATB)

12 MAKE ME A WILLOW CABIN (2011)
Mezzo soprano or Soprano, alto flute, Eng hn, mandolin, guitar, violin, cello

13 MOBY DICK, SCENES FROM AN IMAGINARY OPERA (2002)
1121 2100 hp, 1 perc, str
chamber chorus, small orchestra

14 MR. AND MRS. DISCOBBOLOS (1965)
sop, ten; fl, bn, perc, hps, vn, vc

15 ODE (1989)
sop, fl, cl, vn, va, hp

16 PALINDROME FOR A SUMMER EVENING (2007)
fl, vn, va, vc

18 RINGING CHANGES (1996)
2222 4220
orchestra, hp; 4 perc; str

19 SPRING AND FALL: TO A YOUNG CHILD (1960)
voice and piano

20 STRING QUARTET (1957)

21 SYMPHONIC MOVEMENT (1954)
2+pic, 2+eh, 2+bel, 2+cbn; 4-3-3-1; hp, pf, perc; str

22 THE TEMPEST (1990)
14 singers, chorus; 1, 1, 1, bcl, 1; 2, 1, 1; hp, 2 perc, str (min 6, 6, 4, 4, 2)

23 THE TEMPEST: Act 1 Sc. 1 Chamber version (1991)
clarinet, cello, and piano wtih Soprano and Baritone

24 THE TEMPEST: Act 2, Sc. 3 - chamber version (1992)
Soprano, Tenor, Baritone, clarinet, cello, piano

25 THREE RHYMES FOR SOPRANO AND VIOLIN (2010)
Sop, violin

27 TWELFTH NIGHT (2016)
12 solo singers, inst: Flute dbl Picc & AltoFl, Ob (doubling Eng Hn), Cl, and Bsn; Horn and Tpt; Harp; 2 Vln, 2 Vla, 2 Vcl

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