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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ADYTUM (2003) (2003)
flute with string quartet
AMADEUS EX MACHINA for chamber orchestra (2001) (2001)
1 Flute (dbl Picc), 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets in Bb, 1 Bassoon, 1 Contrabassoon, 2 Horns in F, Strings
APPENDAGE (1993) for soprano and chamber ensemble (1993)
soprano, Bb clarinet, tenor saxophone, violin, viola, cello, piano

dillonappendageexcerptlaurenflanigan.mp3

excerpt "Appendage" sung by Lauren Flanigan, soprano
BACCHUS CHACONNE (1990) for two violins (1990)
2vln OR vln and vla
THE BETTER ANGELS OF OUR NATURE (2008)
Narrator, piano trio
BIG BROTHERS (2004) (2004)
s/bar sax, vib, pf
BLOWN AWAY (2005) (2005)
wind ens: pic/2-2-Ebcl-3-bcl-2-2asax-tsax-barsax; 4-3-3-1; timp, 3perc
BROOMSTICK (2012)
violin, piano
CHICANE (2002) (2002)
piano
CHILD'S PLAY (2006) (2006)
flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn
DEVOTION (1996) for flute, violin, viola, cello (1996)
flute with violin, viola, cello
DIRGES AND DANCES for piano trio (1998) (1998)
VIOLIN, 'CELLO, PIANO
DREAMING SEASON, THE (2002) (2002)
Bar, String Quartet
EMBARKATION (2005) (2005)
flute, horn and piano
ENTRANCE (2007) (2007)
narrator, flute, alto flute, vln., vla., piano

01_entrance.mp3

excerpt from "Entrance" with Cinny Strickland, narrator
EXIT (2007) (2007)
narrator, alto sax., C trumpet, cello, bass, piano

09_exit.mp3

brief excerpt from "Exit" Robert Beseda, narrator;
FACADE (1983) (1983)
fl,pf
FACADE (1983) (1983)
vln, pf
FIGMENTS AND FRAGMENTS (2010) (2010)
2.2.2.2 - 2.2.1.0 – perc, pno, strings
FURIES AND MUSES (1997) (1997)
recorded by Jeff Keesecker, bassoon, with the Cassatt String Quartet
BASSOON, STRING QUARTET

dillonfuriesiiixxerpt.mp3

excerpt, Furies and Muses III with Jeff Keesecker, bassoon and the Cassatt String Quartet
GENEALOGIE - Chamber version (2010)
actor, soprano, mezzo, tenor, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano and percussion.
GENEALOGIE - Orch version (2010)
sop, msop, ten, actor, 2.2.2.2 - 2.2.1.0 – perc, pno, strings.
GPS LADY (2011) (2011)
clarinet, viola, piano
HONEY (2012) (2015)
solo piano
KATABASIS (2014)
2221+cbsn, 4000, perc(3) harp, strings
solo cello, solo double bass, orchestra
MISTER BLISTER (2006)
solo violin
MULTIPLICITY (2011) (2011)
six violins
ORPHEUS IN THE AFTERWORLD (Concerto for flute and chamber orchestra) 1994 (1994)
Solo Flute, 2 Horns in F, 1 Bassoon, Strings
POKE (2011) (2011)
cello, double bass
POKE (orchestral version) (2014)
solo cello, solo double bass, string orchestra
RESONANCE (2016)
1 Violin, 3 cellos
REVENANT - Concerto for Horn and Orchestra (2004) (2004)
solo hn, orch: pic/2-1-2-1-cbbsn; 2-0-0-0; perc; str
REVERIE SCHERZO (1981) (1981)
tpt,cb,pf
SANCTUARY (2013)
hn, str quint, pf
SATURN DREAMS OF MERCURY (2012)
violin, viola, cello
THE SCHUMANN TRILOGY (2010)
sop, msop, alto, ten, actor, 2.2.2.2 - 2.2.1.0 – perc, pno, strings
SEVEN STORIES (2013)
soprano or mezzo, 2 flutes (2nd dbl. alto), percussion (vibe, glock), piano, 2 violins, viola, cello
SHADOW ON THE SUN (2011) (2011)
wind ensemble
SILENT BOND (2016)
fl, ob, cl, bsn, sop sax, hn, perc(2) (vibe, glock), piano, 2 vln, vla, vcl
13 musicians
SINGING SILVER (2006)
Mezzo, horn, guitar, cello
SNEGGLISH DANCES (2000) (2000)
orch: pic/3-eh/3-Ebcl/3-cbsn/3; 4-3-3-1; 3perc, pf; str
SOLITUDE (2016)
solo violin
SONATA - MOTION (2004) (2004)
flute and piano
SONATA: MOTION (2008) (2008)
vn and piano
SONNET: STOREBOUGHT ROSES (1998) (1998)
SOPRANO, 2 VIOLINS, VIOLA, 'CELLO
SPARKLING IN THE DARK (2011)
soprano saxophone, bassoon, electronics

dillonsparklingelectronicsexcerpt.mp3

Excerpt - electronic file for playback
SPRING PASSING (1997) (1997)
flute, marimba
STILL POINT (2007) (2007)
MzSop, viola, pf

02_still_point.mp3

excerpt, "Still Point" Theodora Hanslowe, mezzo soprano
STRING QUARTET NO. 1 - JESTS AND TENDERNESS (1998) (1998)
string quartet

jestandtendernessivexcerpt.mp3

excerpt, Jests and Tenderness (String Quartet No. 1) IV
STRING QUARTET NO. 3: AIR (2005) (2005)
string quartet

dillonstring_quartet_3_-_air_excerpt.mp3

"Air" excerpt - Daedalus Quartet
STRING QUARTET NO. 4 - THE INFINITE SPHERE (2009) (2009)
2 violins, viola, cello

dillonstring_quartet_4_-_1_exc.mp3

"I" excerpt, Daedalus Quartet
,

dillonstring_quartet_4_-_2_exc.mp3

"II" excerpt, Daedalus Quartet
STRING QUARTET No. 6 (Rapid Eye) (2014)
2 violins, viola, cello + optional playback
SYMPHONY NO. 1 (1998) (1998)
pic/1-eh/2-cbsn/2; 2-0-0-0; str
TEN WIND GADGETS (2016)
trios for flute, oboe, Bb clarinet, horn and bassoon
TERRANEAN MEDITATION (2011) (2011)
saxophone quartet
TWO TAPESTRIES (1987) (1987)
2 violins, 2 violas, 2 cellos
TWO TAPESTRIES for string quintet (1987)
strings 2-1-2-0
WE SAW HER FALL (2016)
soprano, flute, piano
WHAT HAPPENED (2005) (2005)
vln, vla, vcl, pf

dillon_what_happened_-_1_gathering_excerpt.mp3

Excerpt - 1st movement - What Happened - Lawrence Dillon
WRIGHT FLIGHT (2003) for three actors, orchestra and projections (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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