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Ronald Perera Papers, 1941-[ongoing]
5 boxes (4 linear ft.)
Collection number: RG 42

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:

Records are open to research according to the regulations of the Smith College Archives.

Restrictions on use:

Permission to publish or perform original scores must be obtained from Mr. Perera, who still owns copyright to the music. Single photocopies may be made for research purposes only.

Smith College Archives
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note

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 of the Collection

The Ronald Perera Papers contain materials spanning Parera's career. The size of the collection is 4 linear feet. 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:

Records are open to research according to the regulations of the Smith College Archives.

Restrictions on use:

Permission to publish or perform original scores must be obtained from Mr. Perera, who still owns copyright to the music. Single photocopies may be made for research purposes only.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Ronald Perera Papers, Box #, Smith College Archives.

History of the Collection

The materials in the Ronald Perera Papers, which form part of 42. Faculty Biographical Files, were donated by Perera in 1996 and 2002.

Processing Information

Processed by Gayla Spaulding


Additional Information
Contact Information
Smith College Archives
Northampton, MA 01063

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

Email: nyoung@smith.edu
URL: http://www.smith.edu/libraries/libs/archives

Language
English.