Daniel Perlongo


Daniel Perlongo (1942-2023) attended the University of Michigan where he received the B.M. and M.M. degrees studying composition with George Balch Wilson, Leslie Bassett and Ross Lee Finney. With a Fulbright-Hayes Fellowship he continued his studies for two years in Rome at the Academy of St. Cecilia with Gofreddo Petrassi. Mr. Perlongo and his music compositions have received numerous awards, including the American Prix de Rome, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the American Academy-National Institute of Arts and Letters, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He has been resident composer at the Rockefeller Foundation's Villa Serbelloni in Bellagio, Italy, and Montalvo center for the Arts in Saratoga, California. In 2003 he received Indiana University of Pennsylvania's Distinguished Faculty Award for the Creative Arts, where he taught for over 40 years and is now emeritus professor.

Mr. Perlongo's orchestral music, noted for its sensitive lyricism and unique instrumental combinations, has earned him international recognition. His Seven Pieces was awarded the Joseph Bearns Prize from Columbia University, and Myriad and Ephermeron have been performed by the Italian Radio Orchestra (RAI) of Rome. His Variations for small orchestra has been performed by the Pittsburgh Symphony Chamber Orchestra and the American Composers Orchestra. His Concertino was winner of the Nebraska Sinfonia orchestral competition, and performed by the Nebraska Sinfonia and the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble.

Daniel Perlongo's chamber music has been recognized for its finely crafted lyricism and subtle expressiveness. Aureole for saxophone quartet won the New Music for Young Ensembles competition and was premiered at Carnegie Recital Hall. His String Quartet II, performed by the Pro Arte Quartet, was premiered at Carnegie Recital Hall after winning the League of Composers International Society for Contemporary Music competition. Ricercar for wind trio was winner of the International Double Reed Society competition. The Ricercar and Fragments for flute and cello were recorded on Composers Recordings Incorporated (CRI), newly released on New World Records NWCRL453. A CD of his Concerto for piano and orchestra is recorded on Master Musicians Recordings (MMC), with pianist, Donna Coleman and the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra of Bratislava, Slovakia. Also released on MMC is Mr. Perlongo's Sunburst for clarinet and orchestra, commissioned by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and recorded by clarinetist, Richard Stoltzman and the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra.

He passed away May 23, 2023 at his home in Penn Run.

ACE Publications

73 title(s)
Daniel Perlongo ARCADIAN SUITE hn,hp
Daniel Perlongo Ariadne's Thread String Orchestra
Daniel Perlongo Aubade - Morning Songs Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Violin, Viola, and Cello
Daniel Perlongo Aureole Saxophone Quartet
Daniel Perlongo Breezes at Yellow Creek Piano Trio
Daniel Perlongo BUTTERMILK FALLS English Horn and Piano
Daniel Perlongo BY VERSE DISTILLS Mezzo-Soprano, Clarinet, Violin, and Piano
Daniel Perlongo CHANGES wind band:4/pic-2-12-2-bcl-4 sax-2, 6-6-2(ten)-2-btbn-2euph-3,6perc
Daniel Perlongo CONCERTINO 15 players or with added chamber orchestra strings
Daniel Perlongo CONCERTO for piano and orchestra pf & orch:pic-2-2-ehn-2-bcl-2, 4-4-3-0,timp,5perc,hp,pf,str
Daniel Perlongo Dances at the Border Piano Four-Hands
Daniel Perlongo DAY AT XOCHIMILCO Woodwind Quintet and Piano
Daniel Perlongo EARTH SOUNDPRINTS Piano 4-Hands
Daniel Perlongo EPHEMERON,for Orch orch:pic-3-2-ehn-2- bcl-2-cbsn,4-3-2-btbn-tb,timp,5perc,hp,str
Daniel Perlongo FIRST SET Piano
Daniel Perlongo Five Pieces on Korean Zen Poems Piano Four-Hands
Daniel Perlongo FOR BICHI perc qrt
Daniel Perlongo FRAGMENTS for flute and cello fl,vcl
Daniel Perlongo GALLERY SET Piano Solo
Daniel Perlongo Ghost Town Trail Two Pianos
Daniel Perlongo Grožnjan Souvenir for wind quintet Woodwind Quintet
Daniel Perlongo INTERVALS vln,vla,vcl
Daniel Perlongo LAKE BREEZES I cham orch: 1-1-1-1, 1-1-1-0, pf, str
Daniel Perlongo LAKE BREEZES II 2 pianos

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