Ceely, Robert (Paige)
- Barbara A. Petersen
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(b Torrington, CT, Jan 17, 1930; d Brighton, MA, Jan 28, 2015). American composer. He began playing the bugle at age seven, and at ten he took up the trumpet. From 1948 to 1950, he studied at Hobart College in Geneva, New York, and Williams College, where he studied counterpoint with Robert Barrow. In 1950 he enrolled at the New England Conservatory, where he studied with Francis Judd Cooke and met Cecil Taylor, a lasting friend. After his graduation in 1954 (BM), he enrolled at Mills College, where he studied composition with Darius Milhaud and analysis with Leon Kirchner. During the summer of 1955, he attended Tanglewood and studied composition with Roger Sessions. In 1957, he enrolled in graduate school at Princeton University, where he studied with Oliver Strunk, Milton Babbitt, Earl Kim, and R.P. Blackmur.
Between 1961 and 1963, he was music director at Robert College in Istanbul, then moved briefly to Milan, where he met Luciano Berio and Luigi Nono. In ...