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

92 title(s)
Lawrence Dillon STRING QUARTET NO. 3: AIR -
string quartet
Lawrence Dillon WHAT HAPPENED piano quartet
vln, vla, vcl, pf
Lawrence Dillon SONATA: MOTION flute and piano -
flute and piano
Lawrence Dillon BIG BROTHERS -
Trio: sop/bar sax, vib, pf
Lawrence Dillon REVENANT - Concerto for Horn and Orchestra solo hn, orch: pic/2-1-2-1-cbbsn; 2-0-0-0; perc; str
Lawrence Dillon WRIGHT FLIGHT for 3 actors, projections, and chamber orchestra 2 Flutes (2nd db. Picc), 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets in Bb, 2 Bassoons, 2 Horns in F, 2 Trumpets in C, 1 Percussion: 3 Timpani, Triangle, Two toms, slapstick, two suspended cymbals, bass drum, wind chimes, 1 Piano, Strings
Lawrence Dillon ADYTUM -
flute with string quartet
Lawrence Dillon CHICANE piano
Lawrence Dillon STRING QUARTET NO. 2: FLIGHT -
Lawrence Dillon DREAMING SEASON -
Bar, String Quartet
Lawrence Dillon AMADEUS EX MACHINA for chamber orchestra 1 Flute (dbl Picc), 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets in Bb, 1 Bassoon, 1 Contrabassoon, 2 Horns in F, Strings
Lawrence Dillon SNEGGLISH DANCES orch: pic/3-eh/3-Ebcl/3-cbsn/3; 4-3-3-1; 3perc, pf; str
Lawrence Dillon SYMPHONY NO. 1 pic/1-eh/2-cbsn/2; 2-0-0-0; str
Lawrence Dillon DIRGES AND DANCES for piano trio -
Lawrence Dillon TWO VIEWS OF SPRING for flute and marimba -
fl, mba
string quartet
Lawrence Dillon TWO VIEWS OF SPRING for violin and marimba -
vln and marimba
Lawrence Dillon SPRING PASSING (See Two Views of Spring) flute, marimba
Lawrence Dillon FURIES AND MUSES basson and string quartet
Lawrence Dillon DEVOTION -
flute with violin, viola, cello
Lawrence Dillon ORPHEUS IN THE AFTERWORLD (Concerto for flute and chamber orchestra) -
Solo Flute, 2 Horns in F, 1 Bassoon, Strings
Lawrence Dillon APPENDAGE for soprano and chamber ensemble -
soprano, Bb clarinet, tenor saxophone, violin, viola, cello, piano

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