Henri Lazarof

  • Taking his cue from the great masters of the past, Henri Lazarof is a composer committed to the constant development of his art. In his search for new ideas and forms Lazarof has produced a unique and varied catalog of scores that has been acclaimed in major musical centers from Tokyo to San Francisco, and from Oslo to Cape Town. An American citizen who makes his home in Los Angeles, Lazarof is, however, a man of the world whose art transcends both geographical and idiomatic boundaries. He is a demanding self-critic, constantly searching for the ultimate in expression while experimenting with the latest style trends. Lazarof has not suffered from neglect by the professionals: leading orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, ballet companies like the San Francisco Ballet, and distinguished chamber music groups, plus famous soloists have featured his music. Lazarof has successfully proven that there is both an audience and a market for well-constructed, meaningful contemporary music.

    Born in Sofia, Bulgaria on April 12, 1932, Lazarof began his musical training at the age of six. Coming to the United States in 1957, Lazarof studied at Brandeis University on a full scholarship with Arthur Berger and Harold Shapiro and in 1959 received the degree of Master of Fine Arts. It was during his stay at Brandeis that Lazarof began to receive attention for his pronounced creative gifts. In 1958 his String Quartet was awarded First Prize from Boston’s Brookline Public Library, while his Cantata received a commission from Brandeis University for its 1959 Arts Festival.

    In 1959 Lazarof moved to the west coast where he commenced a lifelong association with the University of California, Los Angeles. Beginning there as a teacher of French language and literature, Lazarof joined the Music Department in 1962, and is now Professor Emeritus. A natural protagonist of modern music, Lazarof organized the 1963 Festival of Contemporary Music, which featured works and lectures by Berio, Stockhausen and Leonard Stein. During the same season the New York Times hailed his new work, the Concerto for Piano and 20 Instruments, as “theatrical and colorful.”

    Lazarof’s international reputation grew in 1966 when he was awarded the first International Prize of Milan for Structures Sonores. A tireless worker, Lazarof completed seven major works during 1970-71, when the West German government named him Artist-in-Residence in West Berlin. Then, in 1971, he was named the first recipient of the University of California’s Institute for Creative Arts Award.

    Returning from his Berlin residency, Lazarof was named Artistic Director of the 1973 Contemporary Music Festival at U.C.L.A., and Los Angeles enjoyed two active seasons of new music. Lazarof further contributed to the musical life of Los Angeles by commissioning four works which were premiered during the 1974-75 Festival. Also in 1974, Arthur Weisberg presented Lazarof’s Third Chamber Concerto in Carnegie Recital Hall as well as the first of what were to be dozens of performances of his Duo-1973.

    The Concerto for Orchestra, written in 1977, won second place in the Kennedy Center Friedheim Awards. Lazarof’s works have since been nominated for many other awards, including the University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award and the Grammy.

    One of the busiest and most prolific composers of his generation, Henri Lazarof’s 65th birthday year was marked by more than a dozen tribute performances of his music, including several premieres and new recordings. In 1998, his In Celebration for Chorus and Orchestra was the centerpiece work for the Grand Opening of the Seattle Symphony’s new concert hall.

    By refusing to settle within any one ideology of style – even those of his own previous works – Lazarof has remained faithful to the principle of growth and exploration, producing a body of works that will endure.

    “The world is big enough for all kinds of composers” says Lazarof. “I try to always write for new instrumental forces – to search out the limits of the performer and one’s own limits as a composer.”

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    Chronicles 440-40019 15:00
    Intonazione & Variazioni 143-40004
    For Solo Horn
    144-40248 6:00 Horn Unaccompanied
    Lyric Suite 144-40117 13:00 Solo Violin
    Six Bagatelles
    For Solo Viola
    144-40286 13:30 Solo Viola
    For Alto Flute
    144-40380 6:10
    For Piano
    140-40096 16:00 Piano Unaccompanied
    Vox 143-40005
    Chamber Ensemble
    4th String Quartet 144-40277 21:00 String Quartet
    5th String Quartet 144-40313 22:00 String Quartet
    For Clarinet/Bass Clarinet and Piano
    Anida 144-40326 14:00 String Duet
    for Brass and Percussion
    12901 16:00 4Tpt. 4Hn. 4Tbn. 2Tuba 2Perc.
    For Brass and Percussion
    446-41100 16:00
    Celebration 144-40121
    Chronicles for String Trio 144-40301 18:05
    Concertante 1988
    for 16 Strings and 2 Horns
    12906 14:10::00 2Hn. 9Vln. 3Vla. 3Vcl. Cb.
    Concertante 446-41056
    Concertante II 444-41020
    Concertante II 12907 20: 00 Fl. Ob. Cl. Perc. Pno. Vln. Vcl. Cb.
    for Trumpet and Chamber Ensemble
    12908 9:00 Solo Tpt.; Fl./A.Fl. Cl./B.Cl. Hn. Perc. Hp. Vcl. Tape
    Concertazioni 144-40061
    Divertimento 144-40172
    Divertimento II 12916 23: 00 Cl. Hn. Pno. Vln. Vla. Vcl.
    Divertimento II 446-41069
    Duo 1973 144-40053
    For Percussion and Harp: Set Of Two Performance Scores
    144-40481 12:00
    Duo Solitaire 144-40217
    Encounters With Dylan Thomas 441-41022 30:00
    For Six Trumpets(In C)
    Fantasia 446-41084 6:00 Guitar Duet
    Five Poems
    For Viola and Piano
    144-40477 13:00
    Harp Trio
    The Litomar: for Flute, Viola and Harp
    144-40478 16:00
    Impromptus 144-40245 String Quartet
    For Violoncello and Piano
    144-40378 14:30
    Inventions 144-40122
    Invenzione Concertata 144-40300 8:30
    Legends From The Bible
    For Mixed Voices, 4 Horns, and 2 Vibraphones (Full Score)
    446-41151 13:00 Chamber Ensemble
    Lucerniana 12920 16: 00 Cl. B.Cl. Hn. 2Perc. Pno.(Cel.) Hp. Vln. Vcl.
    Lucerniana 446-41077
    Momenti 144-40156
    Musica Da Camera 444-41025 15:00
    for 8 Percussionists
    12921 20:00
    Necompe 446-41079
    Octet for Strings
    La Laurenziana
    12922 19:00 4Vln. 2Vla. 2Vcl.
    Octet for Strings 444-41019
    Offrande 444-41021
    Piano Trio 144-40160
    for 10 Players
    12925 15:35::00 Fl./A.Fl. Ob. Cl. B.Cl. Hn. 2Perc. Pno./Cel./Harm. Hp. 2Vcl.
    Prayers 446-41067
    Preludes and Interludes to a Drama 12926 20:00 1 1 2(B.Cl.) 1 – 1 1 0 0; Perc. Vln. Vla. Vcl.
    Preludes and Interludes To A Drama 446-41086 20:00
    For Oboe and String Quartet
    144-40316 15:00
    Serenade 144-40140
    Sonata 144-40325 23:00
    For Flute and Piano
    144-40379 14:00
    For Two Pianos
    440-40026 10:30 Piano 4 Hands
    String Quartet 144-40090 String Quartet
    String Quartet No. 6 144-40423 18:00 String Quartet
    String Quartet No.7 144-40425 20:00 String Quartet
    String Quartet No. 8
    Homage To Paul Klee
    144-40443 19:00 String Quartet
    String Quartet No.9 144-40476
    String Quintet 444-41022 20:00 String Quintet
    Suite 144-40189
    Tempi Concertati
    For Violin and Piano
    144-40460 17:00
    Third Chamber Concerto
    for 12 Soloists
    12936 15:30:: 00 Fl. Ob. Cl. Tpt. Hn. Tbn. Pno. Hp. Perc. Vln. Vla. Vcl.
    3rd Chamber Concerto 446-41024
    Trio 144-40243
    Trio for Wind Instruments 444-41012 13:00 Woodwind Trio
    Varianti 144-40317 7:00
    2nd Symphony 446-41066
    Chamber Symphony 446-41033
    Chamber Symphony 12903 18: 00 1 2 0 2 – 2 0 0 0; Str.
    Choral Symphony No. 3
    for Alto Solo, Bass Baritone Solo, SATB Chorus and Orchestra
    12904 52:20::00 4 4 4(B.Cl.) 4(Cbsn.) – 6 4 3(Bb.Tbn.) 1; Timp.(2Sets) 2Perc. 2Pno. 2Hp. Str.
    Choral Symphony (No. 3) 446-41082
    Concerto for Orchestra 446-41035
    Concerto for Orchestra 12910 21: 00 4 4 4 4 – 6 4 4 1; Timp. 3Perc. Pno. Cel. 2Hp. Str.
    Concerto No. 2 for Orchestra (“Icarus”) 12911 22:00 4(Picc.) 4(E.H.) 4(B.Cl.) 4(Cbsn.) – 6 4 3(B.Tbn.) 1; 2Timp. 2Perc. Pno.(Cel.) Hp. Str.
    2nd Concerto for Orchestra 446-41050
    In Celebration (Symphony No. 4) 12919 25:00 SATB Chorus; 3(Picc.) 3 3(EbCl./ B.Cl.) 3(Cbsn.) – 4 3 3 1; Timp. 3Perc. Pno. Hp. Str.
    In Celebration 446-41101 25:00
    Piccola serenata 12923 27: 00 2 2 2 2 – 2 2 0 0; Timp. Str.
    Poema 16397 14:00 3 3(E.H.) 3(B.Cl.) 3 – 4 3 3(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp./Perc. 3Vibr. Str.Published Components:
    Poema 446-41049
    Second Symphony 12928 16:30::00 3(Picc.) 3(E.H.) 3(B.Cl.) 3(Cbsn.) – 4 3 3 1; Timp. 3Perc. Pno.(Cel.) Hp. Str.
    Sinfonietta 446-41041
    Sinfonietta 12929 17:50:: 00 2 2 2 2 – 2 2 0 0; Perc. Str.
    Symphony 12933 23: 00 3 3 3 3 – 5 3 3 1; Timp. 3Perc. Pno. Hp. Str.
    Symphony 1978 446-41036
    Symphony No. 6
    (Winds of Sorrow)
    10071 22:00 3(Picc. AltoFl.) 3 3(B.Cl.) 3(Cbsn.) – 4 3 3(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp. 3Perc. Pno.(Cel.) Hp. Str.
    Symphony No.6
    Winds Of Sorrow for Orchestra
    446-41158 22:00 Orchestra
    Symphony No. 7 10091 16:00 3 3 3 3 – 4 3 3(B.Tbn.)1; Timp. 3Perc. Pno. Hp. Str.
    Symphony No. 7
    Full Score
    446-41160 16:00 Orchestra
    for Brass Quintet, Winds and Percussion
    10065 16:00 Solo 2Tpt. Hn. Tbn, B.Tbn.; 2 2 2 2 – 2 2 2 0; 2Perc.
    For Brass Quintet, Winds, and Percussion – Full Score
    446-41157 16:00
    Three Pieces for Orchestra 12937 18:00 3 3(E.H.) 3(B.Cl.) 3(Cbsn.) – 4 3 3(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp. 3Perc. Pno.(Cel.) Hp. Str.
    3 Pieces for Orchestra 446-41083 18:00
    Orchestra with Soloist(s)
    Clarinet Concerto 446-41060
    Clarinet Concerto 12905 22:00 Solo Cl.; 2Perc. 2Vibr. Hp. Str. (Min. 8 6 4 4 2)
    Concerto for Oboe and Chamber Orchestra 12909 18:40 Solo Ob.; 2 0 2 2 – 2 0 0 0; Str. (no Cb.)
    Concerto for Oboe and Chamber Orchestra 446-41096 18:40
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra 12912 18:00 Solo Pno.; 0 0 3(B.Cl.) 2 – 2 1 0 0; Str.(6+Vla. 4Vcl. 2Cb.)
    Concerto for Viola and Orchestra 12914 23:00 Solo Vla.; 3 3(E.H.) 2(2B.Cl.) 3(Cbsn.) – 4 3 3 1; Timp. Perc. Pno. Hp. Str.
    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra 12915 25:00 Solo Vln.; 2 2(E.H.) 2(B.Cl.) 2 – 2 2 0 0; 2Perc. Pno.(Cel.) Hp. Str. (Min. 8 6 4 4 2)
    Divertimento III for Solo Violin and Strings
    for Solo Violin and Strings
    12917 21:00 Solo Vln., Str.
    Double Concerto
    for Flute, Harp and Orchestra
    16899 20:00 Fl. Hp. Soli: 1 1 1 1 – 2 1 0 0; Timp.(dbl. Claves, Sus.Cym.) 2Perc. Cel. Str.
    Double Concerto 446-41185
    for French Horn and Orchestra
    12918 18:00 Solo Hn.; 3 3 3 3 – 4 3 3(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp. 3Perc. Hp. Str.
    Partita de Madrigali
    A Double Concerto for Violin, Violoncello and Orchestra
    10132 22:00 Vln. Vcl. soli; 3(dbl. A.Fl.) 3(dbl.E.H.) 3(dbl.B.Cl.) 3 – 4 3 3(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp. Pno.(Cel.) Hpsc. Harmonium. Hp. Str.
    Partita Di Madrigali
    A Double Concerto for Violin, Violoncello, and Orchestra (Full Score)
    446-41165 22:00 Orchestra
    Second Cello Concerto 12927 22:30:: 00 Solo Vcl.; 3 3 3(B.Cl.) 3(Cbsn.) – 4 3(in C) 3(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp. 4Perc. Pno./Cel. Hp. Str.
    Second Concerto for Flute and Orchestra 10184 22:00 Solo Fl.(dbl. Alto Fl.); 2 2 2 2 – 2 2 1 0; Timp. 2Perc. Str.
    Second Concerto for Flute and Orchestra
    Full Score
    446-41180 22:00 Orchestra
    Sinfonia Concertante
    For Four Winds and Orchestra (Full Score)
    446-41145 17:00 Orchestra
    for Solo Trumpet, Orchestra and Tape
    12930 15: 00 Solo Tpt.; 4 4 4 4 – 4 2 3 1; 4Perc. Pno. Hp. Vcl. 8Cb.; 2 or 4-Channel El. Tape
    Suite for Solo Percussionist and 5 Instruments 12932 16:30::00 Solo Perc.; Fl./A.Fl.(Tri.) Cl.(Tri.) Vln.(Tri.) Vcl.(Tri.) Pno.(Claves)
    Symphony No. 5
    for Solo Baritone, Mixed Chorus and Orchestra
    10090 27:00 Solo Bar., SATB Chorus; 3(dbl. Alto Fl.) 3(dbl.E.H.) 3(dbl.B.Cl.) 3(dbl.Cbsn) – 4 3 3(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp. 3Perc. Pno. Hp. Str.
    for Piano and Orchestra
    12935 26:30::00 Solo Pno.; 4(Picc./A.Fl.) 4(E.H.) 4(B.Cl.) 4(Cbsn.) – 6 4 3(B.Tbn.) 1; 4Timp. 4Perc.(2Vibr.) Pno. Cel.(Harm.) Hp. Str.
    The “Summit” Concertante
    for Solo Trumpet, Brass and Percussion
    12931 15:15 Solo Tpt.; 0 0 0 0 – 4 3 4(B.Tbn.) 2; 2Perc.
    Third Concerto for Violin and Orchestra 10166 22:00 Solo Vln.; 3(dbl. AltoFl.) 3 3(dbl.B.Cl.) 3(dbl.Cbsn.) – 4 2 2 0; 2Perc. Str.
    Viola Rhapsody
    for Solo Viola and Orchestra
    12938 Solo Vla.; 3(A.Fl.) 3(E.H.) 3(B.Cl.) 3 – 4 3 3(B.Tbn.) 0; Timp. 3Perc. Pno.(Cel.) Hp. Str.
    Violin Concerto 12939 25:00 Solo Vln.; 2 2(E.H.) 2(B.Cl.) 2 – 2 2 0 0; 2Perc. Pno.(Cel.) Hp. Str.
    for Solo Viola and 2 String Ensembles
    12940 26:00 (3 2 2 1 ea.)

  • His music is rich in color and imaginative in expression. There is an immense intensity to be found in his music.
    –K. Miller, American Record Guide

    …his music speaks with an urgency that transcends labels.
    –Daniel Cariaga, Los Angeles Times

    This is solid, expressive music that proceeds out of the main tradition…carving its own form, making an original and personal statement.
    –Robert Commanday, San Fransisco Chronicle

    Mr. Lazarof uses his favored instruments with assurance and imagination.
    –Bernard Holland, New York Times

    Unwavering in its commitment to a composing and playing tradition that spans centuries, Lazarof’s music has more to recommend it than its daring architecture, fertile invention and deft manipulation of sonorities. It has heart and soul, an active faith in
    –Timothy Pfaff, San Fransisco Examiner

    …This very modern depiction of flight is highly charged and masterfully conceived, full of imaginative orchestral detail.
    –Scott Wheeler, Fanfare

    DUO 2004
    The alternation of echoes and textural contrasts between harp and vibraphone-marimba makes for surprisingly luscious, even pretty, effects.
    –Scott Cantrell, Dallas Morning News

    The most striking work was Momenti, an emotionally kaleidoscopic work for solo cello that is at once powerful and intimate.
    –Richard Dyer, Boston Globe

    It is a major work in every respect…The part-writing ranges from fiercely independent frenzy to bold, intense unisons in an angular, freely dissonant idiom that proves also amenable to moments of affecting, almost neo-modal tenderness…there is a sense of
    –John Henken, Los Angeles Times

    The music is marked by great contrasts in dynamism, texture, and level of complexity; it is well-argued music – rational in its recapitulations, accomplished in its rhythmic activity, and wise in its tonal-atonal lyricism – and is awe-inspiring in its own
    –Stephen Ellis, Fanfare

    La Larenziana-[Octet for Strings] proved as stunning, imposing and poignant a sound experience as had been reported at its premiere performance.
    –Daniel Cariaga, Los Angeles Times

    The work is vibrant proof of the continuing viability of the piano-trio genre…the four-movement trio explores deeply the many possibilities of color, juxtaposition, sonority and texture, all within a tight dramatic frameork.
    –Daniel Cariaga, Los Angeles Times

    …always rich in sound, clear in texture, strong in emotion, dramatic in effect, and spacious in design
    –Richard Dyer, Boston Globe

    …a creatively constructed sound sculpture,” alternatively contemplative, frenzied, and studied, while permitting the development of long melodic lines.”
    –Stephen Ellis, Fanfare

    …a technically brilliant, emotionally intense work by a composer who has mastered every expressive resource of the string quartet medium. It is compact music, highly energetic, mercurial – packed with melodies that dance at the edge of tonality and range
    –Joseph McLellan , Washington Post

  • Four Works for Chamber Ensembles FOUR WORKS FOR CHAMBER ENSEMBLES
    Delos International (DE3124); June 16, 2008
    Performer(s): San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Collage New Music Ensemble, The 20th Century Consort
    Work(s): Concertante II
    Henri Lazarof HENRI LAZAROF
    CRI/New World Records (NWCR588); February 1, 2007
    Performer(s): Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; New Philharmonia Orchestra of London; Utah Symphony; Henri Lazarof, conductor; Roger Wagner Chorale, Roger Wagner, conductor; James Galway, flute; Thomas Stevens, trumpet…
    Work(s): Concerto for Orchestra
    Henri Lazarof: Chamber Music HENRI LAZAROF: CHAMBER MUSIC
    Centaur Records (CRC2629); October 21, 2003
    Performer(s): Marcos Fregnani-Martins/Flute
    Work(s): Solo
    String Quartet No. 7
    String Quartets no 4 and 5, String Quintet STRING QUARTETS NO 4 AND 5, STRING QUINTET
    Centaur Records (CRD2520); January 3, 2002
    Performer(s): Borromeo String Quartet, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Stanford String Quartet
    Work(s): Fifth String Quartet
    String Quartet
    String Quartet No. 4
    Choral Symphony no 3, etc / Schwartz, Seattle SO CHORAL SYMPHONY NO 3, ETC / SCHWARTZ, SEATTLE SO
    Centaur Records (CRC2519); July 1, 2001
    Performer(s): Terry Cook, Seattle SO
    Work(s): Choral Symphony No. 3
    Encounters with Dylan Thomas
    Quintessence QUINTESSENCE
    Summit Records (DCD263); April 1, 2000
    Performer(s): American Brass Quintet
    Work(s): Invenzione Concertata
    Three Chamber Works THREE CHAMBER WORKS
    Laurel Records (LR-856); April 27, 1999
    Work(s): Duo Solitaire
    Spirits of Fire SPIRITS OF FIRE
    Summit Records (DCD218); April 1, 1998
    Performer(s): Summit Brass
    Work(s): The “Summit” Concertante
    World Premiere Recordings WORLD PREMIERE RECORDINGS
    JVC (6512); January 1, 1998
    Performer(s): Gerard Schwarz
    Work(s): Concerto for Oboe and Chamber Orchestra
    Divertimento III for Solo Violin and Strings
    Screamers, Difficult Works for Horn SCREAMERS, DIFFICULT WORKS FOR HORN
    Crystal Records (CD679); October 28, 1997
    Performer(s): John Cerminaro and Charlotte Cerminaro, horn
    Work(s): Intrada
    Symphony No. 2 / Violin Concerto / Clarinet Concerto SYMPHONY NO. 2 / VIOLIN CONCERTO / CLARINET CONCERTO
    Delos International (DE3133); July 6, 1994
    Performer(s): Gerard Schwarz, Yukiko Kamei, David Singer, Seattle Symphony, New York Chamber Symphony
    Work(s): Clarinet Concerto
    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra
    Second Symphony
    Second Cello Concerto SECOND CELLO CONCERTO
    Delos International (DE3134); April 1, 1994
    Performer(s): Adam Stern, conductor; Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
    Work(s): Concertante 1988
    Divertimento II
    Second Cello Concerto
    Music of Henri Lazarof MUSIC OF HENRI LAZAROF
    Delos International (3069); November 1, 1990
    Performer(s): Gerard Schwarz
    Work(s): Concerto No. 2 for Orchestra “Icarus”
    Tableaux (after Kandinsky)
    Chamber Music CHAMBER MUSIC
    Laurel Records (LR-845); January 1, 1988
    Work(s): Duo
    Piano Trio
    Trio for Wind Instruments
    Music for Strings MUSIC FOR STRINGS
    Laurel Records (LR-843); January 1, 1987
    Work(s): Lyric Suite
    Octet for Strings “la laurenziana”
    String Quartet
    Music for Chamber Orchestra, Viola and Organ MUSIC FOR CHAMBER ORCHESTRA, VIOLA AND ORGAN
    Laurel Records (LR-844); January 1, 1981
    Performer(s): Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Gerard Schwarz, Cond
    Work(s): Chamber Symphony
    Intonazione e Variazioni
    Volo (Tre Canti da Requiem)

  • 1973: Artistic Director of the Contemporary Music Festival at U.C.L.A
    1970-1971: Artist-in-Residence in West Berlin
    1966: First International Prize of Milan for Structures Sonores
    1959: Brandeis University Arts Festival commission for Cantata
    1958: String Quartet was awarded First Prize from Boston

  • Chamber Symphony
    for Chamber Orchestra
    for Trumpet and Chamber Ensemble
    Divertimento II
    for Chamber Ensemble
    for French Horn and Orchestra
    for Eight Percussionists
    Octet for Strings
    for Orchestra
    for Chamber Ensemble
    Preludes and Interludes to a Drama
    for Chamber Ensemble
    for Chamber Orchestra
    for Orchestra
    Symphony No. 5
    for Solo Baritone, Mixed Chorus, and Orchestra
    for Piano and Orchestra
    Third Concerto for Violin and Orchestra (“The Edinger”)
    Three Pieces for Orchestra
    Violin Concerto
    for Solo Viola and Two String Ensembles