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 SOLITUDE solo violin
Lawrence Dillon STILLNESS AND VELOCITY violin, horn, piano
Lawrence Dillon PLAY ON WORDS cello, bass
Lawrence Dillon CHILD'S EYE flute, oboe, Bb clarinet, alto sax, bassoon
Lawrence Dillon Consensus string quartet
Lawrence Dillon DISTANCE ten horns
Lawrence Dillon DISRUPTION brass quintet: two Trumpets in C, Horn in F, Trombone, Tuba
Lawrence Dillon you/he Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, Bassoon, Mandolin, Guitar, Marimba, and Bass
Lawrence Dillon LET SLIP (for Pierrot+) Pierrot +
picc/fl/afl, cl in Bb, vln, vcl, perc, piano
Lawrence Dillon NINE FOR FOUR saxophone quartet
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 SILENT BOND fl, ob, cl, bsn, sop sax, hn, perc(2) (vibe, glock), piano, 2 vln, vla, vcl
13 musicians
Lawrence Dillon WE SAW HER FALL soprano, flute, piano
Lawrence Dillon TEN WIND GADGETS trios for flute, oboe, Bb clarinet, horn and bassoon
Lawrence Dillon RESONANCE 1 Violin, 3 cellos
Lawrence Dillon HONEY solo piano
Lawrence Dillon KATABASIS 2221+cbsn, 4000, perc(3) harp, strings
solo cello, solo double bass - orchestra
Lawrence Dillon POKE (orchestral version) -
solo cello, solo double bass, string orchestra
Lawrence Dillon STRING QUARTET No. 6 (Rapid Eye) 2 violins, viola, cello + optional playback
Lawrence Dillon SANCTUARY Septet: string quintet, horn, piano
2vln, vla, vcl, cb, hn, pf
Lawrence Dillon SEVEN STORIES soprano or mezzo, 2 flutes (2nd dbl. alto), percussion (vibe, glock), piano, 2 violins, viola, cello
Lawrence Dillon BROOMSTICK violin, piano
violin, viola, cello
saxophone quartet
Lawrence Dillon GPS LADY -
clarinet and piano

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