George Rochberg Biography

Composer George Rochberg’s work was called “neo-Romantic” for its combination of avant-gardism and traditional music.


George Rochberg was born on July 5, 1918, in Paterson, Jersey. He taught at the University of Pennsylvania from 1960 to 1983. He was known as a 12-tone avant-gardist, but later mixed in traditional material, earning the label “neo-Romantic.” He died in 2005.


Composer, born in Paterson, New Jersey, USA. He taught at the University of Pennsylvania (1960–83). A prominent 12-tone avant-gardist in his early work, he later began to use traditional material as well, earning the label ‘neo-Romantic’.

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