Lawrence Dillon@Sequenza21.com

"There are no two points so distant from one another that they cannot be connected by a single straight line -- and an infinite number of curves."

Composer Lawrence Dillon has produced an extensive body of work, from brief solo pieces to a full-length opera. Three disks of his music are due out in 2010 on the Bridge, Albany and Naxos labels. In the past year, he has had commissions from the Emerson String Quartet, the Cassatt String Quartet, the Mansfield Symphony, the Boise Philharmonic, the Salt Lake City Symphony, the Ravinia Festival, the Daedalus String Quartet, the Kenan Institute for the Arts, the University of Utah and the Idyllwild Symphony Orchestra.

Although he lost 50% of his hearing in a childhood illness, Dillon 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 shortly thereafter 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. He was the Featured American Composer in the February 2006 issue of Chamber Music magazine.


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Monday, March 28, 2005
The 70s: pivotal works

Rodney Lister and David Toub have given me their personal answers to my question What pieces from the 70s, 80s, 90s and 00s have changed the way composers think about composing? which I appreciate greatly, since I didnít know several of the works they referenced, and will now enjoy tracking them down.

But therein lay my difficulty in answering Radvilovichís question: my immediate response was completely personal, and he was looking for broader cultural significance. So hereís another approach to the same question. Iíve come up with a short list of works from the 1970s that had an immediate and far-reaching impact on compositional styles. Mind you, these arenít necessarily pieces that had an impact on me, or even pieces that I particularly like. But a significant number of composers rethought their paths after these pieces were first performed, or at least borrowed heavily from them, either technically or stylistically.

George Crumb: Voice of the Whale
George Rochberg: String Quartet No. 3
Steve Reich: Drumming
David del Tredici: Final Alice
Philip Glass: Einstein on the Beach
Joseph Schwantner: Aftertones of Infinity

Any arguments with this list? What have I left out? Please let me know: itís easy to overlook things, or take things for granted that somehow seemed too obvious. And Iím happy to add to this list, if appropriate.

Next I will attempt a list for the 1980s, although I expect to have a harder time with that one.