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EZRA LADERMAN

EZRA LADERMAN

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Ezra Laderman was born in Brooklyn, NY on June 29, 1924. His parents, Isidor and Leah, both emigated to the U.S. from Poland. Though poor, the family had a piano. Ezra writes, "At four, I was improvising at the piano; at seven, I began to compose music, writing it down. I hardly knew it then, but I had at a very early age made a giant step to becoming a composer." He attended New York City's High School of Music and Art.

Laderman studied composition with Stefan Wolpe, and with Otto Luening and Douglas Moore at Columbia University. He has taught at Sarah Lawrence College and at the State University of New York at Binghamton, where he also held the position of composer-in-residence. He has also held the position of composer-in-residence at Yale University. He has received three Guggenheim Fellowships and the Rome Prize, and had residencies at the Bennington Composers Conference and at the American Academy in Rome.

On April 25, 1943, Laderman was inducted into the U.S. Army and served as a radio operator with the 69th Infantry Division during World War II. Laderman writes "we were in Caversham, England poised to enter the war. It was here that I learned that my brother Jack had been shot down and killed in Germany. The Battle of the Bulge, crossing the Rhine at Remagen, liberating Leipzig, meeting the Russians at Torgau on the bank of the Elbe were the points in this constellation that was filled with tension and waiting, victory and grief. We became aware of the horror, and what we now call the 'holocaust,' while freeing Leipzig." During the weeks after the war was over, Laderman composed his Leipzig Symphony. This work brought him recognition within the army, and subsequently he was assigned as orchestrator of the GI Symphony Orchestra. Laderman was discharged from the army on April 22, 1946.

Mr. Laderman’s compositions range from solo instrumental and vocal works to large-scale choral and orchestral music. His ten string quartets and his concertos for piano, violin, viola, cello, flute, string quartet, and double winds are notable contributions to the repertory. Mr. Laderman incorporates a lyrical style into a contemporary context, using tonal material in combination with atonal or aleatory elements, and seeking out unusual formal structures for his compositions. Commissions have come from the Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, National Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Denver Symphony, Houston Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Detroit Symphony, New Haven Symphony, CBS-TV (the oratorio Galileo), the Library of Congress and other orchestras, in addition to commissions from such distinguished artists as David Shifrin, Yo-Yo Ma, Emmanuel Ax, Aldo Parisot, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Judith Raskin, Elmar Oliveira, Julius Baker and Robert Bloom, Nathaniel Rosen, Toby Appel, Leonard Arner, Eugene List, Erice Morini, Samuel Baron, Lenox Quartet, Composers Quartet, Tokyo, Audubon, Colorado and Alrads Quartet. Mr. Laderman’s opera, Marilyn, based on the life of Marilyn Monroe, made its premiere at the New York City Opera in 1993 and the Symphony No. 8 received its New York premiere by the New Haven Symphony in Carnegie Hall in 1994. David Shifrin and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center premiered Mr. Laderman’s Clarinet Quintet at Alice Tully Hall in 1994. Recordings of his music include Concerto for Double Orchestra with Hugh Wolff and the New Jersey Symphony (New World), Citadel, Sanctuary, and the Violin Concerto with the Louisville Orchestra and Lawrence Leighton Smith, conductor (Louisville), and Quartet No. 7 Colorado (Albany). Mr. Laderman is currently professor at the Yale School of Music, and was Dean at The Yale School of Music from 1989 to 1995.

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Works

Chamber Ensembles | Instrumental Solos | Opera | Orchestra | Vocal and Choral




Chamber Ensembles


Double Helix
Fl. Ob. Str.
Published: #114-40790

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Full Score - Large (#114-40790S)


Duet for Flute and Dancer
Published: #114-40791


Duo for Violin and Cello
Published: #114-40792


Duo for Violin and Piano -- 17'
Published: #114-40793
Commission Information: commissioned by the McKim Fund for the Library of Congress
Premiere Information: May 21, 1971, Jaime and Ruth Laredo, Coolidge Auditorium at the Library of Congress


Nonette
1 0 1 1 - 1 1 1 0; Pno. Vln. Vcl.
Available from the Presser Rental Library

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Full Score - Large (#416-41140)


Octet for Winds -- 12'
Published: #114-40794


Quartet
2Vln. Vla. Vcl.
Published: #114-40598


Single Voice for Oboe and Strings -- 10'
Ob. Str. (Single Strings or String Orchestra)
Published: #114-40796

Available Separately:

Set of parts (#114-40796P)


Sonata for Clarinet and Piano
Published: #114-40797


Sonata for Flute and Piano
Published: #114-40798


Sonata for Violin and Piano
Published: #114-40799


String Quartet No. 1 -- 18'
Published: #114-40800S

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Set of parts (#114-40800P)


String Quartet No. 2
Published: #114-40801S

Available Separately:

Set of parts (#114-40801P)


String Quartet No. 3
Published: #114-40802S


Theme, Variations, and Finale for Four Winds and Four Strings (1957) -- 15'
Fl. Cl. Hn. Bsn. Vln. Vla. Vcl. Cb.
Published: #114-40803
Additional Information: First recording: by the New York Woodwind Quintet and the Saidenberg Chamber Players, with Samuel Baron conducting (CRI 130)


Trio for Piano Trio -- 14'
Vln. Vcl. Pno.
Published: #114-40804



Instrumental Solos


25 Preludes for Organ
Published: #413-41143


Momenti for Piano Solo -- 8'
Published: #110-40714


Piano Sonata No. 1
Published: #410-41311


Portraits for Violin Solo (1967)
Published: #114-40795



Opera


Galileo Galilee An Opera-Oratorio in 3 Acts, libretto by Joe Darion -- 120'
2 2 2 2 – 2 2 2 1; Timp. 3Perc. Hp. Org. Str. Voices: Soprano, 3 Mezzo-soprano, 10 Tenor, at least 5 Baritone, Bass-Baritone, 8 silent roles, Chorus
Additional Information: Sale: Piano/Vocal score (411-41109)
The opera begins and ends with Galileo in old age, now blind, and rejected, reflecting on the struggles he has had against the voices of ignorance, prejudice and fear. The rest of the opera charts, in flash-back, his trials with the Church, both figurative and literal.


Goodbye to the Clown Opera in 1 act -- 45'
Cast: Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, Tenor, 2 Baritone Orchestra: 1 0 1 0 - 1 0 0 0; Perc. Pno. Str.
Available from the Presser Rental Library



Orchestra


Celestial Bodies Concerto for Flute and String Quartet or String Orchestra -- 20'
Available from the Presser Rental Library
Additional Information: Individual flute and flute/piano parts for each movement are sold separately

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Full Score - Study (#416-41138)


Concerto for Piano and Orchestra -- 17'
Solo Piano; 2 2 2 2 - 2 2 2 0; Perc. Str.
Available from the Presser Rental Library


Concerto for Violin and Orchestra -- 27'
Solo Violin; 2 2 2 2 - 0 0 0 0; 2 Perc. Str. (Vla. Vcl. Cb.)
Available from the Presser Rental Library

Available Separately:

Solo Part with Piano Reduction (#114-40789)


Satire Concerto for Orchestra
3(Picc.) 3(E.H.) 3(B.Cl.) 3(Cbsn.) - 4 3 3 1; Timp. 2Perc. Cel. Hp. Str.
Available from the Presser Rental Library

Available Separately:

Full Score - Study (#416-41139)


Stanzas -- 21'
2(Picc.) 1 2(B.Cl.) 1 - 1 1 1 1; Timp. Perc. Org. Str.
Available from the Presser Rental Library

Available Separately:

Full Score - Study (#416-41141)



Vocal and Choral


And David Wept For 3 Solo Voices and Orchestra
1 1 1 1 - 1 1 0 0; Timp. 2Perc. Pno. Hp. Str.
Available from the Presser Rental Library


Brotherly Love for Soprano, Tenor and Baritone Solo, Mixed Chorus and Chamber Orchestra -- Full Evening
Solo Soprano, Tenor, Bass-Baritone, SATB Chorus; 2 2 2 2 - 2 2 2 0; Timp 3Perc.Str.
Available from the Presser Rental Library
Premiere Information: March 4th ane 5th, 2000; the Philadelphia Singers, conducted by David Hayes
Additional Information: Based on a poem by Daniel Hoffman


From the Psalms for Soprano and Ensemble
Solo Soprano; Vln. Vcl. Fl. Cl. Pno.
Available from the Presser Rental Library


From the Psalms for Soprano and Piano -- 11'
Published: #111-40145
Commission Information: commissioned by Desto Records for soprano Judith Raskin