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Ronald Perera Papers, ca.1941-2002
10.25 linear feet (12 containers)
Collection number: CA.MS.00074

Abstract:
Papers include a small amount of biographical material on Perera, such as his career summary and resume, reviews, flyers and programs, photographs and newspaper articles. The majority of the materials are musical manuscripts of works by Perera.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.

Restrictions on use:

Smith College retains copyright of materials created as part of its business operations; however, copyright in other items in this collection may be held by their respective creators. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For instances which may regard materials in the collection not created by Smith College, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.

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Biographical / Historical

Ronald Perera was born in Boston, Massachusetts on December 25, 1941. He received both his B.A. and M.A. from Harvard, where he studied composition with Leon Kirchner. From 1963 to 1965 he served as Operations Officer on an ocean mine sweeper, and was honorably discharged with the rank of Lieutenant, USNR. In 1967, while on a John Knowles Paine Traveling Fellowship in Music from Harvard, Perera studied electronic music and computer composition with Gottfried Michael Koenig at the University of Utrecht, Netherlands. He also worked independently with Randall Thompson in choral music and with Mario Davidovsky in electronic music.

Perera's teaching experience includes two years at Syracuse University, where he taught music theory and held a research associateship in electronic music (1968-1970), a year as Acting Director of the Dartmouth College Electronic Music Studio (1970-71) and thirty-one years at Smith College (1971-2002) where he has taught music theory, composition and electronic music, and where he has held the Elsie Irwin Sweeney Chair in Music since 1983.

Ronald Perera's compositions include operas, song cycles, chamber, choral, and orchestral works, and several works for instruments or voices with electronic sounds. He is perhaps best known for his settings of texts by authors as diverse as Dickinson, Joyce, Grass, Sappho, Cummings, Shakespeare, Francis of Assisi, Melville, Ferlinghetti, Updike and Henry Beston. Seven major pieces are represented on recently released compact discs.

Scope and Contents

The Ronald Perera Papers contain materials spanning Parera's career. The papers contain a small amount of general information on Perera, such as his career summary and resume, reviews, flyers and programs, photographs and newspaper articles. The majority of the materials are musical manuscripts of works by Perera.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.

Restrictions on use:

Smith College retains copyright of materials created as part of its business operations; however, copyright in other items in this collection may be held by their respective creators. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For instances which may regard materials in the collection not created by Smith College, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.

Preferred Citation

Ronald Perera Papers, Smith College Archives, CA-MS-00074, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.

History of the Collection

The materials in the Ronald Perera Papers were donated by Perera in 1996 and 2002.

Processing Information

Processed by Gayla Spaulding


Additional Information
Contact Information
Smith College Special Collections
Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email: specialcollections@smith.edu
URL: https://www.smith.edu/libraries/special-collections
Language
English
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
General


Box 989.1
Courses taken at Harvard University


Box 989.1
Courses taught at Syracuse University


Box 989.1
Courses taught at Smith: Music 101


Box 989.1
Courses taught at Smith: Music 102-Music 212


Box 989.2
Courses taught at Smith: Music 221-Music 331


Box 989.3
Courses taught at Smith: Music 341-Music 345


Box 989.4
Smith College Electronic Music Studio


Box 989.4
Visiting composers


Box 989.4
Music Department


Box 989.4
Miscellaneous files


Box 989.5
Musical manuscripts


Box 989.5 Box 989.9 Box 989.10 Box 989.11 Box 989.12 Box 989.13 Box 989.14 Box 989.15

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Subjects
  • Composers--United States--20th century.
  • Music--Instruction and study--Massachusetts--Northampton.
  • Perera, Ronald.
  • Perera, Ronald.
  • Smith College--Faculty.


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