Terry, Brett, American composer and classical guitarist; b. N.Y., Feb. 20, 1968. His parents founded the Renaissance Revival in 1977, a choral group, in which he sang. He studied at Wesleyan Univ. with Neely Bruce and Alvin Lucier (B.A. 1990), then at the Univ. of 111. with Scott Wyatt, Bill Brooks, and Erik Lund (M.Mus. 1994, M.S. in computer science, 1995). In addition to composing, he has authored several music software programs, including Caspar aural skills. His choral and chamber works exhibit a strong lyrical sense, blending Renaissance and late Romantic chromatic harmony within a framework of polyrythmic counterpoint. His electroacoustic works utilize spatiality as an integral contrapuntal element.
O Magnum Mysterium for Mixed Voices (1989); Estuans Interius for Women’s Chorus (1990); Burnt Finnegan for 4-channel Tape (1991); Mosaic for 4-channel Tape (1994); Nisi Dominus for Women’s Chorus (1995); Sextet No. 1 for Strings and Woodwinds (1995); Clotho for 4-channel Tape and Women’s Chorus (1996); Mycelis Muralis Decussate for 8-channel Tape and Cello (2000).
—Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire