Lawrence Dillon

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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.

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1 ADYTUM (2003)
flute with string quartet

2 AMADEUS EX MACHINA for chamber orchestra (2001)
1 Flute (dbl Picc), 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets in Bb, 1 Bassoon, 1 Contrabassoon, 2 Horns in F, Strings

3 APPENDAGE for soprano and chamber ensemble (1993)
soprano, Bb clarinet, tenor saxophone, violin, viola, cello, piano

4 ASCENDING SPIRAL (1993)
fl, hp

7 THE BETTER ANGELS OF OUR NATURE (2008)
Narrator, piano trio

8 BIG BROTHERS (2004)
Trio: sop/bar sax, vib, pf

9 BLOSSOM (2008)
6 vln, 3 vla, 3 vcl
Triple String Quartet

10 BLOWN AWAY (2005)
wind ens: pic/2-2-Ebcl-3-bcl-2-2asax-tsax-barsax; 4-3-3-1; timp, 3perc

11 BRIO (2008)
6 vln, 3 vla, 3 vcl
Triple String Quartet

12 BROOMSTICK (2012)
violin, piano

13 CHICANE (2002)
piano

14 CHILD'S PLAY (2006)
flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn

15 DEVOTION (1996)
flute with violin, viola, cello

16 DIRGES AND DANCES for piano trio (1998)
VIOLIN, 'CELLO, PIANO

17 DISTANCE (2018)
ten horns

18 THE DREAMING SEASON (2002)
Bar, String Quartet

19 DUNIGAN VARIATIONS (1991)
4 flutes

20 EMBARKATION (2005)
flute, horn and piano

21 ENTRANCE (2007)
narrator, flute, alto flute, vln., vla., piano

22 EXIT (2007)
narrator, alto sax., C trumpet, cello, bass, piano

23 FACADE (1983)
fl,pf

24 FACADE (1983)
vln, pf

25 FIGMENTS AND FRAGMENTS (2010)
2222 2210 – perc, pno, strings

26 FURIES AND MUSES (1997)
recorded by Jeff Keesecker, bassoon, with the Cassatt String Quartet
BASSOON, STRING QUARTET

27 GENEALOGIE - Orch version (2010)
sop, msop, ten, actor, 2.2.2.2 - 2.2.1.0 – perc, pno, strings.

28 GPS LADY (2011)
clarinet, viola, piano

29 HONEY (2015)
solo piano

30 KATABASIS (2014)
2221+cbsn, 4000, perc(3) harp, strings
solo cello, solo double bass - orchestra

31 LET SLIP (2017)
Fl. (dbl picc, afl), Ob., Violin, Viola, Perc. (vibe, chimes, 2 susp. cym. (high, medium), glock.

32 LOVE SONGS (1991)
Baritone, string quartet

33 MAJOR TRIPLES SURPRISE (1984)
mrmba,pf

34 MISTER BLISTER (2006)
solo violin

35 MULTIPLICITY (2011)
six violins

36 NINE FOR FOUR (2017)
saxophone quartet

37 ORPHEUS IN THE AFTERWORLD (Concerto for flute and chamber orchestra) (1994)
Solo Flute, 2 Horns in F, 1 Bassoon, Strings

39 POKE (orchestral version) (2014)
solo cello, solo double bass, string orchestra

40 POKE - duo version (2011)
cello, double bass

41 RESONANCE (2016)
1 Violin, 3 cellos

42 REVENANT - Concerto for Horn and Orchestra (2004)
solo hn, orch: pic/2-1-2-1-cbbsn; 2-0-0-0; perc; str

43 REVENANT - horn and piano (2005)
hn, pf

44 REVERIE SCHERZO (1981)
tpt,dbl bass,pf

45 SANCTUARY (2013)
Septet: string quintet, horn, piano
2vln, vla, vcl, cb, hn, pf

46 SATURN DREAMS OF MERCURY (2012)
violin, viola, cello

47 THE SCHUMANN TRILOGY (2010)
sop, msop, alto, ten, actor, 2.2.2.2 - 2.2.1.0 – perc, pno, strings

48 SEVEN STORIES (2013)
soprano or mezzo, 2 flutes (2nd dbl. alto), percussion (vibe, glock), piano, 2 violins, viola, cello

49 SHADOW ON THE SUN (2011)
large wind ensemble

50 SILENT BOND (2016)
fl, ob, cl, bsn, sop sax, hn, perc(2) (vibe, glock), piano, 2 vln, vla, vcl
13 musicians

51 SIX SCENES AND A FANTASY (1983)
vcl,pf

52 SNEGGLISH DANCES (2000)
orch: pic/3-eh/3-Ebcl/3-cbsn/3; 4-3-3-1; 3perc, pf; str

53 SOLITUDE (2016)
solo violin

54 SONATA - MOTION flute and piano (2004)
flute and piano

55 SONATA: MOTION violin, piano (2008)
vn and piano

56 SONNET: STOREBOUGHT ROSES (1998)
SOPRANO, 2 VIOLINS, VIOLA, 'CELLO

57 SPARKLING IN THE DARK (2011)
soprano sax, bsn, fixed media audio

58 SPRING PASSING (See Two Views of Spring) (1997)
flute, marimba

59 STILL POINT (2007)
MzSop, viola, pf

65 STRING QUARTET No. 6 (Rapid Eye) (2014)
2 violins, viola, cello + optional playback

66 SYMPHONY NO. 1 (1998)
pic/1-eh/2-cbsn/2; 2-0-0-0; str

67 TEN WIND GADGETS (2016)
trios for flute, oboe, Bb clarinet, horn and bassoon

68 TERRANEAN MEDITATION (2011)
saxophone quartet

69 TWO TAPESTRIES for string quintet (1987)
quintet: 3 vln, 2 vla

71 TWO VIEWS OF SPRING for violin and marimba (1998)
vln and marimba

72 THE VOICE (violin - piano) (2008)
vln, pf

73 WE SAW HER FALL (2016)
soprano, flute, piano

75 WINTER AFTERNOONS (1989)
solo guitar

76 WRIGHT FLIGHT for 3 actors, projections, and chamber orchestra (2003)
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

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