Lejaren Hiller was born in New York on February 23, 1924. He studied piano with Harvey Brown, oboe with Joseph Marx, composition with Harvey Officer , Milton Babbitt, Roger Sessions and Hubert Kessler. He attended Princeton University (B.A. 1944, M.A. 1946, PhD. 1947), majoring in chemistry, and minoring in music. He also later obtained a Master of Music degree from the University of Illinois (1958). He worked for E.I. duPont de Nemours as a research chemist in synthetic fibers and polymers (1947-1952), and in the Chemistry Department of the University of Illinois (1952-58). All the while, he composed music in many media, efforts which culminated in the writing of the Illiac Suite in 1957, the first computer music. In 1958, he organized the Experimental Music Studio of the University of Illinois. From 1958 to 1968, he was Professor of Music, Director of the Electronic Music Studio and Co-Director of the University of Illinois Contemporary Chamber Players. In 1968, he became the first permanent Frederick B. Slee Professor of Music at the State University of New York at Buffalo with an adjunct appointment as Professor of Computer Science. At Buffalo, he was also Co-Director, with Lukas Foss, of the Center of the Creative and Performing Arts, widely known for its “Evenings for New Music.”
He is the author of 3 books: “Experimental Music” (co-authored with Leonard Isaacson), “Principles of Chemistry” (co-authored with Rolfe H. Herter) and “Informationstheorie und Computermusik” and some 60 articles in chemistry, music, electronics, and so forth; he also composed some 50 scores in all media: instrumental, electronic, computer generated, for theater, film and TV.
Lejaren Hiller died in 1994.
Cover Title (Subtitle) Duration Instrumentation Solo Scherzo Piano Unaccompanied Twelve-Tone VariationsFor Piano Piano Unaccompanied Chamber Ensemble Divertimentofor Chamber Ensemble 36:00 1 1 1 1 – 1 1 1 0; 2Perc. Gtr. Cb. Illiac SuiteFor String Quartet String Quartet Sonata No.3For Violin and Piano String Quartet #5 String Quartet String Quartet #6 String Quartet Works with Electronics / Fixed Media A Triptych for Hieronymousfor Actors, Dancers, Tape, Films, Lantern Slides and Orchestra 41:00 1 1 0 1 A.Sax. T.Sax. – 0 2 2 2; 3Perc. Hp. Hpsd. Harm./Cel. Gtr. Mand. Str; 2-Channel Tape Playback Algorithms Ifor 9 Instruments and Tape 36:00 Fl. Cl. Bsn. Tpt. Hp. Perc. Vln. Vcl. Cb. Tape (In 4 Versions-Each 9′) Algorithms II(with Ravi Kumra) for 9 Instruments and Tape 20:00 Fl. Cl. Bsn. 2Hn. Perc. Vln. Vcl. Cb. Tape (in 4 Versions-Each 5′) An Avalanchefor Pitchman, Prima Donna, Player Piano,Percussion and Pre-recorded Playback Tape 13:00 Computer MusicArranged From Strophes I, Ii, Iv Of Computer Cantata Machine Music MaltaFor Tuba and Tape Suitefor 2 Pianos and Tape from “A Triptych for Hieronymous” 19:00 Orchestra A Preview of Coming Attractions 14:00 3 3 3 3 – 4 4 3 1; Timp. 3Perc. Hp. Str. Symphony No. 2 35:00 3 3 3 3 – 4 2 3 1; Timp. Perc. Str.
Suite for 2 Pianos and Tape
from “A Triptych for Hieronymous”