Paul Reale has a catalog of compositions both large and diverse. It includes twelve piano sonatas, the last of which, “Stroke of Midnight,” is featured on a recent Naxos recording. The first three sonatas are available on the Music & Arts label with John Jensen as the piano soloist. Sonata No. 6, The Waste Land, received a New Ariel Music Competition prize and was recorded by Jeffrey Jacob on that label. Piano Sonatas nos. 7 and 8 were recently released by MSR Classics (MS 1693) with the composer as soloist on No. 7. More recently, music for winds and piano and a disc of string orchestra music were released on MSR.
In his catalog are four piano concertos: No. 3, Caldera with Ice Cave, was released in May of 2019 (MS 1703), also on MSR Classics. Other recordings include two for Naxos: Seven Deadly Sins for Violin and Piano, and Chopin’s Ghosts for Cello and Piano. In 2017, Reale’s clarinet trio Le Bonheur de Vivre was chosen by the Pierrot Ensemble for Volume 1 of their series on Ablaze Records.
Reale began his education at Columbia College, studying English literature and Chemistry. In 1967 he received a degree in composition under the tutelage of Otto Luening and Chou Wen-Chung. His decision to enter the teaching profession prompted further study at the University of Pennsylvania, where he came under the influence of George Rochberg and George Crumb. A dedicated educator, Reale received the Charles and Harriet Luckman Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1995, and since 2004 is Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Los Angeles.