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.

ACE Publications

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

54 STILL POINT (2007)
MzSop, viola, pf

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

70 WINTER AFTERNOONS (1989)
solo guitar

71 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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