Born in 1927 in Los Angeles, he received his doctorate from the University of Southern California in 1957. He has been a professor of composition at Mills College (1956 – 1958), Yale University (1960 – 1968) and the University of Maryland (1969 - )where he received a Distinguished Scholar/Teacher Award in 1982.
He has received commissions from, among others, the Fromm Commission, the Chamber Music Society of Baltimore, the Kindler Foundation of Washington, D.C., the National Endowment for the Arts (several times), the Warsaw Autumn Festival (2005) and, most recently, the Barlow Foundation. He has held grants from the Guggenheim Foundation (1959, 1968) and the Fulbright Association (1953). His works have been performed by such distinguished performers as Phyllis Bryn-Julson, Harry Sparnaay Esther Lamneck and Chris Gekker. Performing groups have included the Baltimore Symphony, Theater Chamber Players of Kennedy Center, Continuum, Speculum Musicae, the Left Bank Concert Society, Verge Ensemble at the Corcoran Gallery, Washington, DC, the New Juilliard Ensemble of New York, as well as 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: Room Music for large brass ensemble (2010), Together for 2 trumpets (2010) , “A Lakota Prayer” for double chorus and piano (2009), “Either/Or…” for soprano and 1 percussion (2009), “Village Scenes” for violin and piano (2009), Emily’s World for 2 sopranos and piano (2009), New Paths (2008) for oboe, viola and piano (Barlow Foundation Commission), “The Woods” (2008) for woodwind quintet, “Korean Peaks” (2008) for 2 violins, Tang Tales ( 2007) for flute, clarinet, violin, cello and piano, 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, 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, Ten Miracles for soprano, clarinet and harp (also tenor, oboe and harp (1993), Chanson for flute choir (1988) Three Rilke Songs (1977), B.P., a Melodrama for trombone and piano (1976) and Unseen Leaves for soprano, oboe and video (1975, 2008).
He is listed in Who's Who, Baker's Biographical Dictionary, Dutton Dictionary of 20th Century Music, American Composers, a Biographical Dictionary, David Ewen, ed., and The NewGrove's Dictionary of Music and Groves on-line.
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New Paths was written on a commission from the Barlow Foundation.
New Paths for Oboe, Viola and Piano by Left Bank Concert Society artists Mark Hill, oboe; Katherine Murdock, viola; Audrey Andrist, piano at the Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center on 3/28/09. The Winds for Woodwind Quintet by The Capitol Woodwind Quintet in Temple Micah, Washington, D.C.
Lawrence Moss received a Barlow Foundation Commission to compose a work for oboe, viola, and piano, which will be premiered on the Left Bank Concert Society in Washington, DC, next season.
Gary Porter and Joel Borrelli-Boudreau introduced Emily’s Song, for bass-baritone and trombone, February 11, 2007, in a Washington Musica Viva concert.
Esther Lamneck and Marilyn Noncken performed Chiaroscuro, for piano and clarinet, September 10, 2007, at New York University. The Swan, for solo violin and cello, was performed February 23, 2008 on the 21st Century Consort series in Washington, DC.
Lifelines for clarinet and tape; Esther Lamneck, clarinet; INNOVA CD 673.
String Quartet IV was introduced by the Left Bank String Quartet on October 7, 2006, at the University of Maryland, College Park, MD.
Keith Underwood, Esther Lamneck, and Martha Locker presented Suite for Flute, Clarinet and Piano on March 6, 2006, at New York University. Rhonda Buckley and Carl Banner performed Six Short Pieces for alto saxophone and piano on June 25 at Musica Viva, Washington, DC. Lifelines, for clarinet and electronics, was heard in a performance by Adam Zagor on July 6, at Casa Paganini, in Genoa, Italy. Korea for Kwartludium was presented on November 12 at the Contemporary Music Forum in Washington, DC.