Lawrence Dillon


Composer Lawrence Dillon (b. 1959) creates works that connect past and present in attractive and unexpected ways, provoking Gramophone to exclaim, "Just when you thought the string quartet may have reached the edge of sonic possibilities, along comes a composer who makes something novel, whimsical and haunting of the genre." His music is characterized by a keen sensitivity to color, a mastery of form, and what the Louisville Courier-Journal has called a "compelling, innate soulfulness." Despite losing 50% of his hearing in a childhood illness, he began composing as soon as he started piano lessons at the age of seven. In 1985, he became the youngest composer to earn a doctorate at The Juilliard School, and was immediately appointed to the Juilliard faculty. Dillon is now Composer in Residence at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where he has served as Music Director of the Contemporary Ensemble, Assistant Dean of Performance, and Interim Dean of the School of Music.

Dillon's music, in the words of American Record Guide, is "lovely...austere...vivid and impressive." Three recordings of his music were released in 2010-2011 on the Bridge, Albany and Naxos labels. His works have been commissioned and premiered in the last five seasons by the Emerson String Quartet, Le Train Bleu, the Ravinia Festival, the Daedalus String Quartet, the Lincoln Trio, the Seattle Chamber Music Society, the Cassatt String Quartet, the Mansfield Symphony, the Boise Philharmonic, Wintergreen Summer Arts Festival, the Salt Lake City Symphony, the Quartetto di Sassofoni d'Accademia, the University of Utah, Boise Philharmonic, the Winston-Salem Symphony and the Idyllwild Symphony Orchestra.

ACE Publications

108 title(s)
Lawrence Dillon DREAMING SEASON Bar, String Quartet
Lawrence Dillon Driving Mist Ringtone Flute, Oboe, and Bassoon
Lawrence Dillon DUNIGAN VARIATIONS 4 flutes
Lawrence Dillon EMBARKATION
flute, horn and piano
Lawrence Dillon ENTRANCE
narrator, flute, alto flute, vln., vla., piano
Lawrence Dillon EXIT
narrator, alto sax., C trumpet, cello, bass, piano
Lawrence Dillon FACADE fl,pf
Lawrence Dillon FACADE vln, pf
Lawrence Dillon Fifteen Minutes VIolin
Lawrence Dillon FIGMENTS AND FRAGMENTS 2222 2210 – perc, pno, strings
Lawrence Dillon Fountain Reflection Stinger Flute, Clarinet, and Horn
Lawrence Dillon FURIES AND MUSES bassoon and string quartet
Lawrence Dillon GPS LADY Clarinet and Piano
Lawrence Dillon HONEY Solo Piano
Lawrence Dillon KATABASIS 2221+cbsn, 4000, perc(3) harp, strings
solo cello, solo double bass - orchestra
Lawrence Dillon Laughter Echo Prank Oboe, Horn, and Bassoon
Lawrence Dillon LET SLIP (for flute, oboe, violin, viola, piano, and percussion) Fl. (dbl picc, afl), Ob., Violin, Viola, Perc. (vibe, chimes, 2 susp. cym. (high, medium), glock; piano
Lawrence Dillon LET SLIP (for Pierrot+) Pierrot +
picc/fl/afl, cl in Bb, vln, vcl, perc, piano
Lawrence Dillon Lonely Preacher Clown Flute, Oboe, and Clarinet
Lawrence Dillon MAJOR TRIPLES SURPRISE mrmba,pf
Lawrence Dillon Missing Bicep Dance Oboe, Clarinet, and Bassoon

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