WILLIAM PERRY (b 1930 )
American composer and producer William Perry was born in Elmira, New York and began actively composing and conducting at the age of fifteen. This led to musical study at Harvard University, where his teachers included Paul Hindemith, Walter Piston and Randall Thompson. He is today best known as a film composer, but in addition to his more than one hundred film scores and five stage musicals, Perry has been active as a composer of concert music, and his orchestral scores have been performed by the Chicago Symphony, the Saint Louis Symphony, the Detroit Symphony, the symphony orchestras of Minnesota, Cincinnati, Montreal and Hartford as well as the Vienna Symphony and other orchestras in Europe. Among his best-known compositions are the Trumpet Concerto, the Jamestown Concerto for Cello and Orchestra, written to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the first permanent colony in America (available on Naxos 8.559344) and the whimsical Six Title Themes in Search of a Movie (Naxos 8.572567). Perry’s scores combine broad-based melodies and multi-hued harmonies with more than a hint of wit and good humor. Dance forms, both period and contemporary, are a dominant element in the bright rhythmic structuring of his film and concert music.