PAUL REALE (b 1943 )
Paul Reale has a catalogue of compositions both large and diverse. It includes twelve piano sonatas, and the first three are available on the Music & Arts label with John Jensen as the piano soloist. Sonata No. 6 ‘The Waste Land’ received a New Ariel Music Competition prize and was recorded by Jeffrey Jacob on the New Ariel label. Piano Sonatas Nos. 7 and 8 were recently released by MSR Classics (MS 1693) with the composer as soloist on No. 7 and Walter Ponce featured on No. 8.
Reale’s catalogue also contains four piano concertos: No. 3 ‘Caldera with Ice Cave’ was released in May 2019 (MS 1703), also on MSR Classics. Other recordings include two for Naxos: Seven Deadly Sins (9.70204) for violin and piano, and Chopin’s Ghosts (8.559820) for cello and piano. In 2017, Reale’s clarinet trio Le Bonheur de Vivre was chosen by the Pierrot Ensemble for Volume 1 of their series on Ablaze Records.
Reale began his education at Columbia College, where he studied English literature and chemistry. In 1967 he received a degree in composition under the tutelage of Otto Luening and Chou Wen-Chung, with whom he had been studying privately. His decision to enter the teaching profession prompted further study at the University of Pennsylvania, where he came under the influence of George Rochberg and George Crumb. A dedicated educator, Reale received the Charles and Harriet Luckman Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1995, and since 2004 has been professor emeritus at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Novelty vs. Originality – Fanfare interview with Paul Reale
Musings on Populist Modernism – Article by Paul Reale on Fanfare