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Lawrence K. Moss

Professor, Composition
Music Theory & Composition Division
B.A., University of California, Los Angeles; M.A., Eastman School of Music; Ph.D., University of Southern California

Born in 1927 in Los Angeles, Lawrence Moss received his doctorate from the University of Southern California (1957) where his principal teachers were Leon Kirchner and Ingolf Dahl. He has been a professor of composition at Yale University (1960 – 1968) and the University of Maryland, where he still teaches. He received a Distinguished Scholar/Teacher Award from the University in 1982.

He has been commissioned by, among others, the Fromm Commission, the Chamber Music Society of Baltimore, the Kindler Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and, most recently, the Warsaw Autumn Festival. He has held grants from the Guggenheim Foundation (twice) and the Fulbright Association. His works have been performed by such distinguished performers as Phyllis Bryn-Julson, Harry Sparnaay and Esther Lamneck. Performing groups have included the Baltimore Symphony, Theater Chamber Players of Kennedy Center, Continuum, Speculum Musicae, the Left Bank Concert Society, the New Juilliard Ensemble of New York, Monday Evening Concerts of Los Angeles, and the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players. His opera, The Brute, was the US. entry to the “20th International Youth Festival” held in Bayreuth in 1971. In addition he has been invited to the Bourges 1989 Electronic Music Festival, the British Royal Academy’s “American Music Festival” of 1990, and the Rockefeller Center in Bellagio, Italy.

Selected works include: Village Scenes for violin & piano; Emily’s World for soprano, mezzo-soprano and piano; Either/Or for soprano and percussion solo (2009); Emily’s Song (2007) for bass-baritone and trombone; String Quartet #IV (2006); Korea for Kwartludium (2005) for clarinet, violin, percussion and piano - commissioned by the Warsaw Autumn Festival; Ancient Voices of China (2005) for flute, clarinet, violin, viola, cello and piano; Flutepaths (2003) for flute and tape; East/West (2004) for erhu, clarinet, cello and piano; Suite (2002) for flute, clarinet and piano; New Dawn (2001), a tone-poem for orchestra; Nature Studies (2001) for piano, violin and cello; Chiaroscuro (2001) for clarinet and piano; The Swan (2000) for violin and cello; Three Chinese Poems (1999) for cello and soprano; Harried (1999) for bass clarinet and tape; Dao Ditties (1998) for clarinet, violin, percussion and piano; Lifelines (1998) for clarinet and tape; Conversations (1997) for oboe and string trio; From Dawn to Dawn (1996), a setting of 5 Tang Dynasty poems for baritone, oboe soloist and orchestra; Rivermusic (1996) for saxophone quartet; Racconto (1996) for piano solo; Into the Woods (1996) for flute and tape.

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