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MSD STRONG: IN MEMORY OF SEVENTEEN SLAIN

This is a work I created to commemorate the senseless slaying of seventeen students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (MSD) in Parkland, Florida on February 14, 2018. It is dedicated to the fallen students, and to "The Parkland Five," who courageously stood their ground in the days and weeks that followed, and who still fight for what is right. This is a “programmatic work,” intended to recreate my musical vision of the event, comprised of six movements: I. "Prologue and Routine"-- the students routinely walk to school.

Pages of Anna (excerpt).mp3

This is an excerpt of "Pages of Anna," a work included in my CD, "Works of Larry Hoffman / Contemporary American Music." It is scored for flute, clarinet, oboe, and harp.

Blues Suite For Violoncello Solo by Larry Hoffman / Kristin Ostling, Violoncello

This is the first of a five-movement work, each section exploring a different aspect of the blues, each contrasted with atonal interludes. It is included in my CD, "Works of Larry Hoffman: Contemporary American Music," and had its world premiere in Baltimore, 2009, performed by Baltimore Symphony cellist Kristin Ostling, who also recorded the work.

String Trio #1 Mvt 2 Poem for My Dad.mp3

This is the second movement of my work, "String Trio #1: Elegy," completed November, 2016, composed in memory of my father, for violin, viola, and violoncello.

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About Larry

Grammy-nominee Larry Hoffman is an award-winning composer whose works have been performed throughout the United States and in Europe. While earning his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in theory and composition from the Peabody Conservatory, he received grants from the Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard and the American Music Center.  Upon graduation, Larry was the recipient of Peabody’s Gustav Klemm Award and Otto Ortmann Prize for compositional excellence.  Among his other works are Music For... more

Works Of Larry Hoffman / Contemporary American Music (DBK 701) © hoffman 2011

This CD includes five chamber Works : Each performed by members of various American symphony orchestras.

"String Quartet #1: The Blues" performed by The Atlantic String Quartet (Baltimore Symphony)
"Blues for Harp, Oboe,and Violoncello" performed by Bryan Dumm, cello; Yolanda Kondonassis, harp; and John Mack, oboe.. (Cleveland Symphony Orchestra)
"Pages of Anna" (midi-realized by Goeff Knorr) composed for flute, oboe, clarinet, harp, violin, cello
"Blues Suite for Violoncello Solo" performed by Kristin Ostling, cellist; Baltimore Symphony
"Colors," a duet for for trumpet and percussion was commissioned and performed here by Andrew Balio, principal trumpet of the Baltimore
Symphony, and Dave De Peters, percussionist with various orchestras including the New York Philharmonic.

https://www.amazon.com/Works-Larry-Hoffman-Contemporary-American/dp/B00709Z3NI

http://hub.jhu.edu/magazine/2014/summer/larry-hoffman-composer-blues/

String Quartet #1: The Blues ; lecture/ performance

"Speaking of The Blues," a program held at Chicago's Harold Washington Library on May 9, 2008, featured composer Larry Hoffman and his work, "String Quartet #1: The Blues," as performed by the New Millennium Orchestra String Quartet : Elizabeth Choi, first violin; Blagomira Lipari, second violin; Dominic Johnson (leader), viola; and Eric Schaeffer, violoncello.

Hoffman is interviewed by--and discusses various aspects of the blues with --host Barry Dolins, series founder, blues aficionado, and Chicago's Deputy Director at the Mayor's Office Of Special Events.

This video is presented courtesy of the Music Division of the Chicago Public Library: Christopher Popa, Executive Producer of video; and Director, Music Information Center, Chicago Public Library.

Digital / audio transfer by Ed Tetreault, manager of The Peabody Conservatory Department of Recording Arts & Sciences.

Music Division Of The Chicago Public Library
Composer / Speaker: Larry Hoffman
Host / Speaker: Barry Dolins
Musicians: New Millennium Orchestra String Quartet
Violin I: Elizabeth Choi
Violin 2: Blagomira Lipari
Viola (leader): Dominic Johnson
Violoncello: Eric Schaeffer
Music Information Director: Christopher Popa
Digital Transfer: Ed Tetreault
Eighteen Hammers by Johhny Lee Moore ©Atlantic/Rhino runs over beginning credits.

  • String Quartet #1: The Blues Larry Hoffman

    “Speaking of The Blues,” a program held at Chicago’s Harold Washington Library on May 9, 2008, featured composer Larry Hoffman and his work, “String Quartet #1: The Blues.” Hoffman is interviewed by--and discusses various aspects of the blues with — host Barry Dolins, series founder, blues aficionado, and Chicago’s former Deputy Director at the Mayor’s Office Of Special Events. The piece is performed by the New Millennium Orchestra String Quartet : Elizabeth Choi, first violin; Blagomira Lipari, second violin; Dominic Johnson (leader), viola; and Eric Schaeffer, violoncello.

Woodwind Quintet #3: Old-Time Music

Composed in 2015-16, this is my homage to "Old-Time Music," the country music (or "hillbilly music" as it was called) in the 1920's and 1930's. I spent many hours as a teenager playing and singing this music for and with friends. This genre is closely linked to the folk dances of the period, which accounts for the titles of the two movements. I felt that the woodwind quintet --a favorite medium of mine--was a perfect one to bring out the exuberance and sweetness of this overlooked and wonderful American folk music.

  • Woodwind Quintet #3: Old - Time Music

    This is my homage to Old-Time or Old-Timey music, the genre of country music that preceded and informed bluegrass. It had its day in the 1920s and 30's and is said to be the oldest form of indigenous American folk music, with the exception of Native American music. I spent many hours as a teenager playing this music with friends--and believe it should be represented in the repertoire of American serious concert music. Both movements reflect the American folk dances that evolved simultaneously with this genre of music.

Blue Mirror for Solo Guitar (2016)

This is my first work for guitar--surprising in that guitar is my instrument! Perhaps that is why I've shied away from it. Being very conversant with blues styles on the guitar as a player, analyst, and historian, I have for the first time combined my original playing styles inspired by the authentic blues artists with my atonal voice. In this piece I went for a more integrated approach instead of the hard-line contrasts I employed in other works.

Pages of Anna

This work is scored for Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, and Harp, and is in one movement. It is about the universal mystery, fantasy, expectation, longing, and grave disappointment that can in turn undermine, determine, and enrich our relationships. Anna is an Achetype-- a metaphor. It is found on my CD "Works of Larry Hoffman: Contemporary American Music"

String Quartet#2

This is the second string quartet that I devoted to the blues. I extended the concept this time, employing four different keys -- one after another -- each joined to the other in turn, until all were spun together as a fugue standing as the work's climax. The Dover Quartet, who recorded this work as The Old City Quartet, also premiered this piece in concert. This quartet is simply wonderful; and, at the time of the recording, was the finest such ensemble at the renowned Curtis Institute of Music, and the first string quartet in residence there.

"In addition to winning the Grand Prize and all three Special Prizes at the 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition, the Dover Quartet has continued to receive accolades: in 2015 it was announced that the group had been awarded the highly prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award, and shortly thereafter, Lincoln Center awarded the quartet the annual Hunt Family Award, as part of the organization's Emerging Artist Awards. In its early years, the quartet also won grand prize at the Fischoff Competition, and special prizes at the Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition."

It was included as part of the recorded compilation, "Mozart & The Contemporaries ," 2011 (CRS CD1191) ©2011 CRS Artists
https://www.discogs.com/The-Old-City-String-Quartet-John-Russo-Mozart-The-Contemporary/release/8666307

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    Mozart & The Contemporary (CRS CD 1191) features my "String Quartet #No. 2" performed by the Dover String Quartet
    "Mozart & The Contemporary" (CRS CD 1191) features my "String Quartet #2" performed by the Dover String Quartet, then called the Old City String Quartet. This wonderful ensemble also performed the world premiere of this work in 2011.

Blues for Harp, Oboe, and Violoncello

"Blues for Harp, Oboe, and Violoncello" was my first attempt at infusing blues essence into a contemporary classical work. This mission to put blues on the serious concert music stage was a primary force leading me to composition; I was hoping that this "experiment" would be successful.

The performers who first championed this work are well-known to serious listeners and players of classical music. Oboist John Mack was dubbed "the dean of American oboists" by the New York Times. Harpist Yolanda Kondonassis, who debuted at 18 as a soloist with the New York Philharmonic, has won countless international awards; and cellist Bryan Dumm remains a highly respected cellist of the Cleveland Orchestra. They honored me with both this recording and a special live performance in Cleveland, Ohio. It can be found on my CD "Works of Larry Hoffman / Contemporary American Music.

  • Blues for Harp, Oboe, and Violoncello (1986)

    "Blues for Harp, Oboe, and Violoncello" was my first attempt at infusing a contemporary classical work with blues essence. Putting the blues on the American serious concert music stage was a primary mission that originally drove me to composition. The performers who recorded this work were each stellar and well-known to serious listeners of classical music.

Three Moods for Oboe and Piano

This is my three-movement work, "Three Moods for Oboe and Piano," completed in 2016. It coaxes an equal instrumental partnership, and is geared to bring out the unique qualities of both the oboe and the piano, in a variety of moods. I was honored by its being featured on display by the Peabody Conservatory Friedheim Library as a "new score."

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    "Three Moods for Oboe and Piano" was selected as a featured "new score" in Peabody Conservatory's Friedheim Librarry
    "Three Moods for Oboe and Piano" was selected in 2016 as a featured "new score" in the Peabody Conservatory Library.
  • Three Moods for Oboe and Piano (2013) / Larry Hoffman

    This is a three-movement work for Oboe and Piano; The score is currently on display in the "new in the library" showcase of the Friedheim Library of the Peabody Conservatory; Johns Hopkins University

Piano Trio #1 (2013)

This piece began as a musical entry in my private journal, and grew into a full-fledged work. It received its world premiere as part of the Baltimore Symphony's "Candlelight Chamber Music Series" in 2014, performed by Kenneth Goldstein, violin; Choo Choo Hu, piano, and Kristin Ostling, cello. They are all exceptional players who gave a wonderful performance.

http://www.communityconcertsatsecond.org/mod/community_concerts/print/103/index.php

  • Piano Trio #1 .mp3

    This work was completed in 2013 and had its World Premiere the next year as part of the Baltimore Symphony's Candlelight Chamber Music Series." It began as a musical entry in my journal and developed into a fully formed piece beautifully performed by Kenneth Goldstein, violin; Choo Choo Hu, piano; and Kristin Ostling, cello. It has special meaning for me, as it was "chosen" months before as the favorite new work of mine by my late dear friend and mentor Lynn Taylor Hebden of the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University.

American Summersounds (2014)

“American Summersounds,” scored for two percussionists , viola, and violoncello, is a piece I composed for the 2015 Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's "Candlelight Chamber Music Series.” It began quite by accident while watching baseball games over the 2014 season. Thanks to the media’s wide compass over virtually all division teams in both leagues, it is possible to “visit” stadiums all over the country. While watching, it occurred to me that I was listening intently as well to the sounds of the game, which often differed from stadium to stadium.

My good friend and percussionist of the Baltimore Symphony, John Locke, visited me one afternoon and heard me experimenting with some motifs used in the various stadiums. He asked me to work the ideas into a piece so that he could perform it! I hadn't really thought of making them into a "finished piece," but I soldiered on :) . It became more and more interesting and challenging as the days went on.

I created a simple veneer of the baseball motifs, incorporating them with a layered, energized counterpoint among the two percussionists, viola, and cello. The complexity is understated, but I feel motors the work along.

Baseball, America’s summer game, indeed has its own music.

The performers that evening were John Locke and Willam Maloy, percussion; Rebekah Newman, viola ; and Kristin Ostling, cello.

http://www.communityconcertsatsecond.org/mod/community_concerts/print/114/index.php