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.

ACA List for Lawrence Dillon

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

dillonappendageexcerptlaurenflanigan.mp3

excerpt "Appendage" sung by Lauren Flanigan, soprano
4 ASCENDING SPIRAL (1993) (1993)
fl,hp
6 BACCHUS CHACONNE (1990) for two violins (1990)
2vln OR vln and vla
7 THE BETTER ANGELS OF OUR NATURE (2008)
Narrator, piano trio
8 BIG BROTHERS (2004) (2004)
Trio: sop/bar sax, vib, pf
9 BLOWN AWAY (2005) (2005)
wind ens: pic/2-2-Ebcl-3-bcl-2-2asax-tsax-barsax; 4-3-3-1; timp, 3perc
10 BROOMSTICK (2012)
violin, piano
11 CHICANE (2002) (2002)
piano
12 CHILD'S PLAY (2006) (2006)
flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn
13 DEVOTION (1996) for flute, violin, viola, cello (1996)
flute with violin, viola, cello
14 DIRGES AND DANCES for piano trio (1998) (1998)
VIOLIN, 'CELLO, PIANO
15 THE DREAMING SEASON (2002)
Bar, String Quartet
17 EMBARKATION (2005) (2005)
flute, horn and piano
18 ENTRANCE (2007) (2007)
narrator, flute, alto flute, vln., vla., piano

01_entrance.mp3

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

09_exit.mp3

brief excerpt from "Exit" Robert Beseda, narrator;
20 FACADE (1983)
fl,pf
21 FACADE (1983) (1983)
vln, pf
22 FIGMENTS AND FRAGMENTS (2010)
2222 2210 – perc, pno, strings
23 FURIES AND MUSES (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
24 GENEALOGIE - Orch version (2010)
sop, msop, ten, actor, 2.2.2.2 - 2.2.1.0 – perc, pno, strings.
25 GPS LADY (2011) (2011)
clarinet, viola, piano
26 HONEY (2015)
solo piano
27 KATABASIS (2014)
2221+cbsn, 4000, perc(3) harp, strings
solo cello, solo double bass - orchestra
28 LOVE SONGS (1991)
Baritone, string quartet
29 MAJOR TRIPLES SURPRISE (1984)
mrmba,pf
30 MISTER BLISTER (2006)
solo violin
31 MULTIPLICITY (2011)
six violins
32 ORPHEUS IN THE AFTERWORLD (Concerto for flute and chamber orchestra) (1994)
Solo Flute, 2 Horns in F, 1 Bassoon, Strings
34 POKE (orchestral version) (2014)
solo cello, solo double bass, string orchestra
35 POKE - duo version (2011)
cello, double bass
36 RESONANCE (2016)
1 Violin, 3 cellos
37 REVENANT - Concerto for Horn and Orchestra (2004) (2004)
solo hn, orch: pic/2-1-2-1-cbbsn; 2-0-0-0; perc; str
38 REVENANT - horn and piano (2005)
hn, pf
39 REVERIE SCHERZO (1981)
tpt,dbl bass,pf
40 SANCTUARY (2013)
Septet: string quintet, horn, piano
2vln, vla, vcl, cb, hn, pf
41 SATURN DREAMS OF MERCURY (2012)
violin, viola, cello
42 THE SCHUMANN TRILOGY (2010)
sop, msop, alto, ten, actor, 2.2.2.2 - 2.2.1.0 – perc, pno, strings
43 SEVEN STORIES (2013)
soprano or mezzo, 2 flutes (2nd dbl. alto), percussion (vibe, glock), piano, 2 violins, viola, cello
44 SHADOW ON THE SUN (2011) (2011)
wind ensemble
45 SILENT BOND (2016)
fl, ob, cl, bsn, sop sax, hn, perc(2) (vibe, glock), piano, 2 vln, vla, vcl
13 musicians
47 SNEGGLISH DANCES (2000) (2000)
orch: pic/3-eh/3-Ebcl/3-cbsn/3; 4-3-3-1; 3perc, pf; str
48 SOLITUDE (2016)
solo violin
49 SONATA - MOTION flute and piano (2004)
flute and piano
50 SONATA: MOTION violin, piano (2008)
vn and piano
51 SONNET: STOREBOUGHT ROSES (1998) (1998)
SOPRANO, 2 VIOLINS, VIOLA, 'CELLO
52 SPARKLING IN THE DARK (2011)
soprano sax, bsn, fixed media audio

dillonsparklingelectronicsexcerpt.mp3

Excerpt - electronic file for playback
53 SPRING PASSING (See Two Views of Spring) (1997)
flute, marimba
54 STILL POINT (2007)
MzSop, viola, pf

02_still_point.mp3

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

jestandtendernessivexcerpt.mp3

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

dillonstring_quartet_3_-_air_excerpt.mp3

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

dillonstring_quartet_4_-_1_exc.mp3

"I" excerpt, Daedalus Quartet
60 STRING QUARTET No. 6 (Rapid Eye) (2014)
2 violins, viola, cello + optional playback
61 SYMPHONY NO. 1 (1998) (1998)
pic/1-eh/2-cbsn/2; 2-0-0-0; str
62 TEN WIND GADGETS (2016)
trios for flute, oboe, Bb clarinet, horn and bassoon
63 TERRANEAN MEDITATION (2011) (2011)
saxophone quartet
64 TWO TAPESTRIES for string quintet (1987)
quintet: 3 vln, 2 vla
67 THE VOICE (violin - piano) (2008)
vln, pf
68 WE SAW HER FALL (2016)
soprano, flute, piano
69 WHAT HAPPENED (2005) (2005)
piano quartet
vln, vla, vcl, pf

dillon_what_happened_-_1_gathering_excerpt.mp3

Excerpt - 1st movement - What Happened - Lawrence Dillon
70 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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