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Highly approachable music of an intensely passionate nature.

The youngest of eight children raised by a widowed mother, Lawrence Dillon grew up in Summit, New Jersey, just outside of New York City. In 1985, he became the youngest composer to earn a doctorate at the Juilliard School, winning the coveted Gretchaninoff Prize upon graduation. He studied privately with Vincent Persichetti, and in classes with Milton Babbitt, Elliott Carter, David Diamond and Roger Sessions. Upon graduation, he was appointed to the Juilliard faculty. In 1990, he was offered the position of Assistant Dean at the North Carolina School of the Arts where he is now Composer-in-Residence and conductor of the contemporary music ensemble. "The three compositions on this album grew out of my increasing dissatisfaction with post-modernist techniques. Connected to so many surfaces, I found myself longing for depths. I began composing works that contained clear connections with Western musical tradition, both because of my love and respect for the greatest accomplishments of Western music and because I felt a growing number of people had lost touch with that amazing heritage. The result was a series of works that combined Western music traditions and popular idioms in nontraditional ways. Unlike the shocking disjunctions of postmodernism, however, the works on this recording aim for a seamless fusion, a common ground between genres where similarities convey specific meanings, and distinctions become irrelevant."
Contents:
Lawrence Dillon, composer
Furies and Muses
Jeff Keesecker, bassoon, Cassatt String Quartet

Lawrence Dillon, composer
Devotion
Ransom Wilson, flute, Borromeo String Quartet

Lawrence Dillon, composer
Jests and Tenderness
Mendelssohn String Quartet


Review:
"Dillon's painterly style carefully colors phrases with...subtle accents underneath an intricate tapestry of sound." (New Music Box)
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