"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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Tuesday, April 05, 2005
Pivotal works: 90s and 00s

Iíve had some email suggestions for my 80s list that have been very provocative and helpful. Time to take a crack at the 90s and 00s. This isn't a "best of" list, it's a list of works I have seen have an impact on young composers. I donít claim to be an expert, Iím hoping to get feedback from younger composers whose are in the process of shaping their voices, because the fallout from a lot of newer music is difficult for older composers to measure:

Julia Wolfe: Four Marys (1991)
John Adams: Chamber Symphony (1992)
David Lang: Cheating, Lying, Stealing (1993)
Michael Daugherty: Metropolis Symphony (1993)
Tan Dun: Marco Polo (1996)
Thomas Ades: Powder Her Face (1997)
Pierre Boulez: Sur incises (1998)
Frederic Rzewski: Pocket Symphony (2000)
Osvaldo Golijov: La Pasiůn segķn San Marcos (2000)
Michael Gordon: Decasia (2001)

As Kyle Gann and Rodney Lister have averred, and I certainly agree, there are a number of reasons why a list like this will always fall short of being comprehensive. Again, I am looking at this as a starting point. Most of all, I want to know what Iíve missed, so I can take a crack at filling in my own gaps. So let me know what you think!