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.”

  • Cover Title (Subtitle) Duration Instrumentation
    440-40019 Chronicles
    143-40004 Intonazione & Variazioni
    144-40248 Intrada
    For Solo Horn
    6:00 Horn Unaccompanied
    144-40117 Lyric Suite
    13:00 Solo Violin
    144-40286 Six Bagatelles
    For Solo Viola
    13:30 Solo Viola
    144-40380 Solo
    For Alto Flute
    140-40096 Variations
    For Piano
    16:00 Piano Unaccompanied
    143-40005 Vox
    Chamber Ensemble
    446-41024 3rd Chamber Concerto
    144-40277 4th String Quartet
    21:00 String Quartet
    144-40313 5th String Quartet
    22:00 String Quartet
    144-40054 Adieu
    For Clarinet/Bass Clarinet and Piano
    144-40326 Anida
    14:00 Violin and Viola
    12901 Antiphonies
    for Brass and Percussion
    16:00 4Tpt. 4Hn. 4Tbn. 2Tuba 2Perc.
    446-41100 Antiphonies
    For Brass and Percussion
    144-40121 Celebration
    144-40301 Chronicles for String Trio
    446-41056 Concertante
    12906 Concertante 1988
    for 16 Strings and 2 Horns
    14:10 2Hn. 9Vln. 3Vla. 3Vcl. Cb.
    12907 Concertante II
    20:00 Fl. Ob. Cl. Perc. Pno. Vln. Vcl. Cb.
    444-41020 Concertante II
    12908 Concertazioni
    for Trumpet and Chamber Ensemble
    9:00 Solo Tpt.; Fl./A.Fl. Cl./B.Cl. Hn. Perc. Hp. Vcl. Tape
    144-40061 Concertazioni
    144-40172 Divertimento
    12916 Divertimento II
    23:00 Cl. Hn. Pno. Vln. Vla. Vcl.
    446-41069 Divertimento II
    144-40053 Duo 1973
    144-40217 Duo Solitaire
    Violin and Cello
    144-40481 Duo-2004
    For Percussion and Harp: Set Of Two Performance Scores
    441-41022 Encounters With Dylan Thomas
    144-40092 Fanfare
    For Six Trumpets(In C)
    446-41084 Fantasia
    6:00 Guitar Duet
    144-40477 Five Poems
    For Viola and Piano
    144-40478 Harp Trio
    The Litomar: for Flute, Viola and Harp
    144-40245 Impromptus
    String Quartet
    144-40378 Intermezzi
    For Violoncello and Piano
    144-40122 Inventions
    144-40300 Invenzione Concertata
    8:30 Brass Quintet
    446-41151 Legends From The Bible
    For Mixed Voices, 4 Horns, and 2 Vibraphones (Full Score)
    13:00 Chamber Ensemble
    12920 Lucerniana
    16:00 Cl. B.Cl. Hn. 2Perc. Pno.(Cel.) Hp. Vln. Vcl.
    446-41077 Lucerniana
    144-40156 Momenti
    444-41025 Musica Da Camera
    12921 Necompe
    for 8 Percussionists
    446-41079 Necompe
    12922 Octet for Strings
    La Laurenziana
    19:00 4Vln. 2Vla. 2Vcl.
    444-41019 Octet for Strings
    444-41021 Offrande
    144-40160 Piano Trio
    12925 Prayers
    for 10 Players
    15:35 Fl./A.Fl. Ob. Cl. B.Cl. Hn. 2Perc. Pno./Cel./Harm. Hp. 2Vcl.
    446-41067 Prayers
    12926 Preludes and Interludes to a Drama
    20:00 1 1 2(B.Cl.) 1 – 1 1 0 0; Perc. Vln. Vla. Vcl.
    446-41086 Preludes and Interludes To A Drama
    144-40316 Quintet
    For Oboe and String Quartet
    144-40140 Serenade
    144-40325 Sonata
    144-40379 Sonatina
    For Flute and Piano
    440-40026 Sonatina
    For Two Pianos
    1030 Piano 4 Hands
    144-40090 String Quartet
    String Quartet
    144-40423 String Quartet No. 6
    18:00 String Quartet
    144-40425 String Quartet No. 7
    20:00 String Quartet
    144-40443 String Quartet No. 8
    Homage To Paul Klee
    19:00 String Quartet
    144-40476 String Quartet No. 9
    Violin 1, Violin 2, Viola, Violoncello
    444-41022 String Quintet
    20:00 String Quintet
    144-40189 Suite
    144-40460 Tempi Concertati
    For Violin and Piano
    12936 Third Chamber Concerto
    for 12 Soloists
    15:30 Fl. Ob. Cl. Tpt. Hn. Tbn. Pno. Hp. Perc. Vln. Vla. Vcl.
    144-40243 Trio
    444-41012 Trio for Wind Instruments
    13:00 Woodwind Trio
    144-40317 Varianti
    446-41050 2nd Concerto for Orchestra
    446-41066 2nd Symphony
    446-41083 3 Pieces for Orchestra
    12903 Chamber Symphony
    18:00 1 2 0 2 – 2 0 0 0; Str.
    446-41033 Chamber Symphony
    446-41082 Choral Symphony (No. 3)
    12904 Choral Symphony No. 3
    for Alto Solo, Bass Baritone Solo, SATB Chorus and Orchestra
    52:20 4 4 4(B.Cl.) 4(Cbsn.) – 6 4 3(Bb.Tbn.) 1; Timp.(2Sets) 2Perc. 2Pno. 2Hp. Str.
    12910 Concerto for Orchestra
    21:00 4 4 4 4 – 6 4 4 1; Timp. 3Perc. Pno. Cel. 2Hp. Str.
    446-41035 Concerto for Orchestra
    12911 Concerto No. 2 for Orchestra (“Icarus”)
    22:00 4(Picc.) 4(E.H.) 4(B.Cl.) 4(Cbsn.) – 6 4 3(B.Tbn.) 1; 2Timp. 2Perc. Pno.(Cel.) Hp. Str.
    446-41101 In Celebration
    12919 In Celebration (Symphony No. 4)
    25:00 SATB Chorus; 3(Picc.) 3 3(EbCl./ B.Cl.) 3(Cbsn.) – 4 3 3 1; Timp. 3Perc. Pno. Hp. Str.
    12923 Piccola serenata
    27′ 2 2 2 2 – 2 2 0 0; Timp. Str.
    16397 Poema
    14:00 3 3(E.H.) 3(B.Cl.) 3 – 4 3 3(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp./Perc. 3Vibr. Str.

    Published Components:

    446-41049 Poema
    12928 Second Symphony
    16:30 3(Picc.) 3(E.H.) 3(B.Cl.) 3(Cbsn.) – 4 3 3 1; Timp. 3Perc. Pno.(Cel.) Hp. Str.
    12929 Sinfonietta
    17:50 2 2 2 2 – 2 2 0 0; Perc. Str.
    446-41041 Sinfonietta
    12933 Symphony
    23:00 3 3 3 3 – 5 3 3 1; Timp. 3Perc. Pno. Hp. Str.
    446-41036 Symphony 1978
    10071 Symphony No. 6
    (Winds of Sorrow)
    22:00 3(Picc. AltoFl.) 3 3(B.Cl.) 3(Cbsn.) – 4 3 3(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp. 3Perc. Pno.(Cel.) Hp. Str.
    10091 Symphony No. 7
    16:00 3 3 3 3 – 4 3 3(B.Tbn.)1; Timp. 3Perc. Pno. Hp. Str.
    446-41160 Symphony No. 7
    Full Score
    16:00 Orchestra
    446-41158 Symphony No.6
    Winds Of Sorrow for Orchestra
    22:00 Orchestra
    10065 Tempi
    for Brass Quintet, Winds and Percussion
    16:00 Solo 2Tpt. Hn. Tbn, B.Tbn.; 2 2 2 2 – 2 2 2 0; 2Perc.
    446-41157 Tempi
    For Brass Quintet, Winds, and Percussion – Full Score
    12937 Three Pieces for Orchestra
    18:00 3 3(E.H.) 3(B.Cl.) 3(Cbsn.) – 4 3 3(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp. 3Perc. Pno.(Cel.) Hp. Str.
    Orchestra with Soloist(s)
    12905 Clarinet Concerto
    22:00 Solo Cl.; 2Perc. 2Vibr. Hp. Str. (Min. 8 6 4 4 2)
    446-41060 Clarinet Concerto
    12909 Concerto for Oboe and Chamber Orchestra
    18:40 Solo Ob.; 2 0 2 2 – 2 0 0 0; Str. (no Cb.)
    446-41096 Concerto for Oboe and Chamber Orchestra
    12912 Concerto for Piano and Orchestra
    18′ Solo Pno.; 0 0 3(B.Cl.) 2 – 2 1 0 0; Str.(6+Vla. 4Vcl. 2Cb.)
    12914 Concerto for Viola and Orchestra
    23′ Solo Vla.; 3 3(E.H.) 2(2B.Cl.) 3(Cbsn.) – 4 3 3 1; Timp. Perc. Pno. Hp. Str.
    12915 Concerto for Violin and Orchestra
    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)
    12917 Divertimento III for Solo Violin and Strings
    for Solo Violin and Strings
    21:00 Solo Vln., Str.
    16899 Double Concerto
    for Flute, Harp and Orchestra
    20:00 Fl. Hp. Soli: 1 1 1 1 – 2 1 0 0; Timp.(dbl. Claves, Sus.Cym.) 2Perc. Cel. Str.
    446-41185 Double Concerto
    12918 Fantasia
    for French Horn and Orchestra
    18:00 Solo Hn.; 3 3 3 3 – 4 3 3(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp. 3Perc. Hp. Str.
    10132 Partita de Madrigali
    A Double Concerto for Violin, Violoncello and Orchestra
    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.
    446-41165 Partita Di Madrigali
    A Double Concerto for Violin, Violoncello, and Orchestra (Full Score)
    22:00 Orchestra
    12927 Second Cello Concerto
    22:30 Solo Vcl.; 3 3 3(B.Cl.) 3(Cbsn.) – 4 3(in C) 3(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp. 4Perc. Pno./Cel. Hp. Str.
    10184 Second Concerto for Flute and Orchestra
    22:00 Solo Fl.(dbl. Alto Fl.); 2 2 2 2 – 2 2 1 0; Timp. 2Perc. Str.
    446-41180 Second Concerto for Flute and Orchestra
    Full Score
    22:00 Orchestra
    446-41145 Sinfonia Concertante
    For Four Winds and Orchestra (Full Score)
    17:00 Orchestra
    12930 Spectrum
    for Solo Trumpet, Orchestra and Tape
    15:00 Solo Tpt.; 4 4 4 4 – 4 2 3 1; 4Perc. Pno. Hp. Vcl. 8Cb.; 2 or 4-Channel El. Tape
    12932 Suite for Solo Percussionist and 5 Instruments
    16:30 Solo Perc.; Fl./A.Fl.(Tri.) Cl.(Tri.) Vln.(Tri.) Vcl.(Tri.) Pno.(Claves)
    10090 Symphony No. 5
    for Solo Baritone, Mixed Chorus and Orchestra
    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.
    12935 Tableaux
    for Piano and Orchestra
    26:30 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.
    12931 The “Summit” Concertante
    for Solo Trumpet, Brass and Percussion
    15:15 Solo Tpt.; 0 0 0 0 – 4 3 4(B.Tbn.) 2; 2Perc.
    10166 Third Concerto for Violin and Orchestra
    22:00 Solo Vln.; 3(dbl. AltoFl.) 3 3(dbl.B.Cl.) 3(dbl.Cbsn.) – 4 2 2 0; 2Perc. Str.
    12938 Viola Rhapsody
    for Solo Viola and Orchestra
    Solo Vla.; 3(A.Fl.) 3(E.H.) 3(B.Cl.) 3 – 4 3 3(B.Tbn.) 0; Timp. 3Perc. Pno.(Cel.) Hp. Str.
    12939 Violin Concerto
    25:00 Solo Vln.; 2 2(E.H.) 2(B.Cl.) 2 – 2 2 0 0; 2Perc. Pno.(Cel.) Hp. Str.
    12940 Volo
    for Solo Viola and 2 String Ensembles
    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