Richard Peaslee

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Richard Peaslee (June 13, 1930, New York NY - August 20, 2016) was a composer who worked in a variety of idioms, including chorus, orchestra, dance, and soundtracks for film and television, but he was most active as a composer for the theatre.[1]


He received his undergraduate degree in Music Composition from Yale University, and after serving two years in the U.S. Army, received a master's degree from The Juilliard School, in addition to studying privately with Nadia Boulanger in Paris and William Russo in New York and London.


He has written the music for:


New York City[edit]


Touch, commissioned and performed by the New York City Ballet

The Four Humours, commissioned and performed by the Pilobolus dance company

Film and television[edit]

His film scores include the Peter Brook films Marat/Sade (1967) and Tell Me Lies (1968). His music for television includes the Emmy-nominated score for Joseph Campbell/Bill Moyers series The Power of Myth, Claudia Shear’s Blown Sideways Through Life (American Playhouse), and Time/Life’s Wild, Wild World of Animals.

Symphonic and jazz works[edit]

Peaslee's works have been performed by the Philadelphia, Detroit, Seattle, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, and Buffalo Symphony Orchestras; William Russo's London Jazz Orchestra, Chicago Jazz Ensemble, Stan Kenton and Ted Heath Orchestras and Gerry Mulligan.

Arrows of Time for Solo Trombone and Band was composed in 2000 for Joseph Alessi and the United States Army Band.



  1. ^ "Richard Peaslee". 2010. Retrieved 26 April 2011. 

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