Lejaren Hiller

  • 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
    110-40604 Scherzo
    Piano Unaccompanied
    110-40605 Twelve-Tone Variations
    For Piano
    Piano Unaccompanied
    Chamber Ensemble
    10793 Divertimento
    for Chamber Ensemble
    36:00 1 1 1 1 – 1 1 1 0; 2Perc. Gtr. Cb.
    114-40366 Illiac Suite
    For String Quartet
    String Quartet
    114-40188 Sonata No.3
    For Violin and Piano
    114-40178 String Quartet #5
    String Quartet
    114-40189 String Quartet #6
    String Quartet
    Works with Electronics / Fixed Media
    10797 A Triptych for Hieronymous
    for 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
    10788 Algorithms I
    for 9 Instruments and Tape
    36:00 Fl. Cl. Bsn. Tpt. Hp. Perc. Vln. Vcl. Cb. Tape (In 4 Versions-Each 9′)
    10789 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′)
    10790 An Avalanche
    for Pitchman, Prima Donna, Player Piano,Percussion and Pre-recorded Playback Tape
    114-40162 Computer Music
    Arranged From Strophes I, Ii, Iv Of Computer Cantata
    414-41078 Machine Music
    114-40223 Malta
    For Tuba and Tape
    10795 Suite
    for 2 Pianos and Tape from “A Triptych for Hieronymous”
    10794 A Preview of Coming Attractions
    14:00 3 3 3 3 – 4 4 3 1; Timp. 3Perc. Hp. Str.
    10796 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”