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 Shelter Horn and Piano
Lawrence Dillon String Quartet No. 10 String quartet
Lawrence Dillon Blur Solo Clarinet and Clarinet Quartet (3 Clarinets in Bb and 1 Bass Clarinet)
Lawrence Dillon String Quartet No. 9: we thought we heard String Quartet
Lawrence Dillon Portal Saxophone Octet (Double Saxophone Quartet)
Lawrence Dillon String Quartet No. 8: Last Spring String Quartet
Lawrence Dillon SOLITUDE solo violin
Lawrence Dillon String Quartet No. 7: Consensus String Quartet
Lawrence Dillon CHILD'S EYE Flute, Oboe, Bb Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, and Bassoon
Lawrence Dillon PLAY ON WORDS Cello and Double Bass
Lawrence Dillon STILLNESS AND VELOCITY Violin, Horn, and Piano
Lawrence Dillon DISTANCE ten horns
Lawrence Dillon you/he Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, Bassoon, Mandolin, Guitar, Marimba, and Bass
Lawrence Dillon DISRUPTION brass quintet: two Trumpets in C, Horn in F, Trombone, Tuba
Lawrence Dillon LET SLIP (for Pierrot+) Pierrot +
picc/fl/afl, cl in Bb, vln, vcl, perc, piano
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 NINE FOR FOUR Saxophone Quartet
Lawrence Dillon Desert Squeezebox Gallop Oboe, Clarinet, and Horn
Lawrence Dillon Missing Bicep Dance Oboe, Clarinet, and Bassoon
Lawrence Dillon Bear Tongue Attack Flute, Horn, and Bassoon
Lawrence Dillon Lonely Preacher Clown Flute, Oboe, and Clarinet
Lawrence Dillon Anonymous TV Flight Clarinet, Horn, and Bassoon
Lawrence Dillon Laughter Echo Prank Oboe, Horn, and Bassoon
Lawrence Dillon Fountain Reflection Stinger Flute, Clarinet, and Horn
Lawrence Dillon Suspenders Bounce Tag Flute, Clarinet, and Bassoon

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