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George Tremblay Collection


George Tremblay Collection
Tremblay, George
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13.75 linear feet
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Special Collections in Performing Arts
Special Collections in Performing Arts, Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742. Contact the curator:

George Amede Tremblay (1911-1982) was a Canadian born composer and teacher who relocated to the United States in 1920, settling in Los Angeles by 1925. He is known primarily for his work as a pedagogue of the serial technique of composition. In 1965 he discovered the definitive cycle, a serial technique that he explored in his own compositions as well as in his book The Definitive Cycle of the Twelve Tone Row (NY: Criterion Music Corp., 1974). The George Tremblay Collection consists of both personal and professional papers including scores, performance reviews, correspondence, musings, recordings, and notes on the definitive cycle related to Tremblays work as a composer and teacher in the Los Angeles area, and his involvement with the American Composers Alliance, Broadcast Music Inc., and the Fleischer Collection at the Free Library of Philadelphia.

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