PAUL H. TUROK
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TUROK--Paul Harris. Composer, Critic. December 3, 1929 - July 10, 2012. Died peacefully at home, after a long illness. Paul Turok studied composition with Karol Rathaus at Queens College, with Roger Sessions at both the University of California (Berkeley) and at Princeton prior to studying with Wagenaar and Mennin at Juilliard from 1951-1953. Subsequently he served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He lectured at CUNY and was a Visiting Professor of Composition at Williams College. His orchestral works have been performed worldwide including premieres by The Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras. "Threnody" was recorded on Modern Masters by the City of London Sinfonia .(David Amos) "Aspects of Lincoln and Liberty" (2007), with the Nashville Symphony conducted by Leonard Slatkin, celebrated the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln`s birth. Recent piano recordings include "Passacaglia" and "Tango for James Adler" performed by James Adler and "Ragtime Caprice" played by Joshua Pierce. Paul Turok's chamber music was premiered at Lincoln Center and the Library of Congress as well as at Notre-Dame in Paris and in Japan, Taiwan and South America. Quoting Baker's Biographical Dictionary, edited by Nicolas Slonimsky, Paul Turok "as a composer, follows the principles of stylistic freedom and technical precision, without doctrinaire adherence to any circumscribed modernistic modus operandi." Among his 150 compositions are several sets of songs and "Richard The Third" - opera in four acts. A regular contributor of classical music feature articles in the Sunday New York Times Arts Section, he was also a frequent guest critic on WQXR's nationally-syndicated program "First Hearing." He wrote for The Herald Tribune, Ovation, Music Journal and Fanfare before founding Turok's Choice: the Insider's Review of New Classical Recordings which he published from 1990-2011. He is survived by his wife Susan. A memorial concert of his music is being planned.


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Published in New York Times on Jul. 29, 2012.
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July 31, 2012
Paul and his wife, Susan (who are also my aunt and uncle), introduced me to my wife, Liz, who was the daughter of Paul's dear friend, Manny Besen, since early childhood. Liz and I, and later our children as well, spent many a wonderful day together exploring all around Lower Manhattan and eating in the greatest restaurants. Anyone who knew Paul knew that he was quite the gourmand, and always found tremendous pleasure in a great meal with great company. We would talk about our travels, favorite restaurants around the world, movies, world events, and so on. We never wanted to leave his company and will always treasure those great times together. Paul will be greatly missed by all those who knew him and loved him.
Peter Frucht
July 29, 2012
I will always remember listening to Paul recounting his experiences, telling me stories about his life and various travel adventures with Susan. It was always a pleasure to hear and to have him listen to me in return. He was a generous, engaging conversationalist with much to share about music, life and the world. I will miss Paul, with his warmth and intelligence.

And I too am looking forward to the concert!
Ron Anteroinen
July 29, 2012
I got to know Paul well during 8 years in the building on 13th St. where he lived with Sue, and he was unfailingly friendly, kind and a pleasure in conversation. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Bruce Meyer
July 29, 2012
Paul's love for Susan and his appreciation of life are what will come to mind when I think of him. He was truly a beautiful man and I miss him already.
Barbara Glassman
July 29, 2012
I miss Paul's warm smile and hardy handshake--always positive, even in hardship. I look forward to the concert of his music.
Alan Jacobs
July 29, 2012
I miss his smiling face and his warm handshake whenever I'd encounter him. Looking forward to the concert.
Alan Jacobs
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