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 Solo Chronicles 15:00 Intonazione & Variazioni IntradaFor Solo Horn 6:00 Horn Unaccompanied Lyric Suite 13:00 Solo Violin Six BagatellesFor Solo Viola 13:30 Solo Viola SoloFor Alto Flute 6:10 VariationsFor Piano 16:00 Piano Unaccompanied Vox Chamber Ensemble 3rd Chamber Concerto 4th String Quartet 21:00 String Quartet 5th String Quartet 22:00 String Quartet AdieuFor Clarinet/Bass Clarinet and Piano Anida 14:00 Violin and Viola Antiphoniesfor Brass and Percussion 16:00 4Tpt. 4Hn. 4Tbn. 2Tuba 2Perc. AntiphoniesFor Brass and Percussion 16:00 Celebration Chronicles for String Trio 18:05 Concertante Concertante 1988for 16 Strings and 2 Horns 14:10 2Hn. 9Vln. 3Vla. 3Vcl. Cb. Concertante II 20:00 Fl. Ob. Cl. Perc. Pno. Vln. Vcl. Cb. Concertante II Concertazionifor Trumpet and Chamber Ensemble 9:00 Solo Tpt.; Fl./A.Fl. Cl./B.Cl. Hn. Perc. Hp. Vcl. Tape Concertazioni Divertimento Divertimento II 23:00 Cl. Hn. Pno. Vln. Vla. Vcl. Divertimento II Duo 1973 Duo Solitaire Violin and Cello Duo-2004For Percussion and Harp: Set Of Two Performance Scores 12:00 Encounters With Dylan Thomas 30:00 FanfareFor Six Trumpets(In C) Fantasia 6:00 Guitar Duet Five PoemsFor Viola and Piano 13:00 Harp TrioThe Litomar: for Flute, Viola and Harp 16:00 Impromptus String Quartet IntermezziFor Violoncello and Piano 14:30 Inventions Invenzione Concertata 8:30 Brass Quintet Legends From The BibleFor Mixed Voices, 4 Horns, and 2 Vibraphones (Full Score) 13:00 Chamber Ensemble Lucerniana 16:00 Cl. B.Cl. Hn. 2Perc. Pno.(Cel.) Hp. Vln. Vcl. Lucerniana Momenti Musica Da Camera 15:00 Necompefor 8 Percussionists 20:00 Necompe Octet for StringsLa Laurenziana 19:00 4Vln. 2Vla. 2Vcl. Octet for Strings Offrande Piano Trio Prayersfor 10 Players 15:35 Fl./A.Fl. Ob. Cl. B.Cl. Hn. 2Perc. Pno./Cel./Harm. Hp. 2Vcl. Prayers Preludes and Interludes to a Drama 20:00 1 1 2(B.Cl.) 1 – 1 1 0 0; Perc. Vln. Vla. Vcl. Preludes and Interludes To A Drama 20:00 QuintetFor Oboe and String Quartet 15:00 Serenade Sonata 23:00 SonatinaFor Flute and Piano 14:00 SonatinaFor Two Pianos 1030 Piano 4 Hands String Quartet String Quartet String Quartet No. 6 18:00 String Quartet String Quartet No. 7 20:00 String Quartet String Quartet No. 8Homage To Paul Klee 19:00 String Quartet String Quartet No. 9 Violin 1, Violin 2, Viola, Violoncello String Quintet 20:00 String Quintet Suite Tempi ConcertatiFor Violin and Piano 17:00 Third Chamber Concertofor 12 Soloists 15:30 Fl. Ob. Cl. Tpt. Hn. Tbn. Pno. Hp. Perc. Vln. Vla. Vcl. Trio Trio for Wind Instruments 13:00 Woodwind Trio Varianti 7:00 Orchestra 2nd Concerto for Orchestra 2nd Symphony 3 Pieces for Orchestra 18:00 Chamber Symphony 18:00 1 2 0 2 – 2 0 0 0; Str. Chamber Symphony Choral Symphony (No. 3) Choral Symphony No. 3for 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. Concerto for Orchestra 21:00 4 4 4 4 – 6 4 4 1; Timp. 3Perc. Pno. Cel. 2Hp. Str. Concerto for Orchestra 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. In Celebration 25:00 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. Piccola serenata 27′ 2 2 2 2 – 2 2 0 0; Timp. Str. Poema 14:00 3 3(E.H.) 3(B.Cl.) 3 – 4 3 3(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp./Perc. 3Vibr. Str.
Poema Second Symphony 16:30 3(Picc.) 3(E.H.) 3(B.Cl.) 3(Cbsn.) – 4 3 3 1; Timp. 3Perc. Pno.(Cel.) Hp. Str. Sinfonietta 17:50 2 2 2 2 – 2 2 0 0; Perc. Str. Sinfonietta Symphony 23:00 3 3 3 3 – 5 3 3 1; Timp. 3Perc. Pno. Hp. Str. Symphony 1978 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. Symphony No. 7 16:00 3 3 3 3 – 4 3 3(B.Tbn.)1; Timp. 3Perc. Pno. Hp. Str. Symphony No. 7Full Score 16:00 Orchestra Symphony No.6Winds Of Sorrow for Orchestra 22:00 Orchestra Tempifor Brass Quintet, Winds and Percussion 16:00 Solo 2Tpt. Hn. Tbn, B.Tbn.; 2 2 2 2 – 2 2 2 0; 2Perc. TempiFor Brass Quintet, Winds, and Percussion – Full Score 16:00 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) Clarinet Concerto 22:00 Solo Cl.; 2Perc. 2Vibr. Hp. Str. (Min. 8 6 4 4 2) Clarinet Concerto Concerto for Oboe and Chamber Orchestra 18:40 Solo Ob.; 2 0 2 2 – 2 0 0 0; Str. (no Cb.) Concerto for Oboe and Chamber Orchestra 18:40 Concerto for Piano and Orchestra 18′ Solo Pno.; 0 0 3(B.Cl.) 2 – 2 1 0 0; Str.(6+Vla. 4Vcl. 2Cb.) 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. 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) Divertimento III for Solo Violin and Stringsfor Solo Violin and Strings 21:00 Solo Vln., Str. Double Concertofor 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. Double Concerto Fantasiafor French Horn and Orchestra 18:00 Solo Hn.; 3 3 3 3 – 4 3 3(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp. 3Perc. Hp. Str. Partita de MadrigaliA 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. Partita Di MadrigaliA Double Concerto for Violin, Violoncello, and Orchestra (Full Score) 22:00 Orchestra 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. Second Concerto for Flute and Orchestra 22:00 Solo Fl.(dbl. Alto Fl.); 2 2 2 2 – 2 2 1 0; Timp. 2Perc. Str. Second Concerto for Flute and OrchestraFull Score 22:00 Orchestra Sinfonia ConcertanteFor Four Winds and Orchestra (Full Score) 17:00 Orchestra Spectrumfor 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 Suite for Solo Percussionist and 5 Instruments 16:30 Solo Perc.; Fl./A.Fl.(Tri.) Cl.(Tri.) Vln.(Tri.) Vcl.(Tri.) Pno.(Claves) Symphony No. 5for 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. Tableauxfor 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. The “Summit” Concertantefor Solo Trumpet, Brass and Percussion 15:15 Solo Tpt.; 0 0 0 0 – 4 3 4(B.Tbn.) 2; 2Perc. 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. Viola Rhapsodyfor 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. Violin Concerto 25:00 Solo Vln.; 2 2(E.H.) 2(B.Cl.) 2 – 2 2 0 0; 2Perc. Pno.(Cel.) Hp. Str. Volofor 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
CONCERTO NO. 2
…This very modern depiction of flight is highly charged and masterfully conceived, full of imaginative orchestral detail.
–Scott Wheeler, Fanfare
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
OCTET FOR STRINGS
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
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
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
Centaur Records (CRC2629); October 21, 2003
Performer(s): Marcos Fregnani-Martins/Flute
String Quartet No. 7
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 No. 4
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
Summit Records (DCD263); April 1, 2000
Performer(s): American Brass Quintet
Work(s): Invenzione Concertata
THREE CHAMBER WORKS
Laurel Records (LR-856); April 27, 1999
Work(s): Duo Solitaire
SPIRITS OF FIRE
Summit Records (DCD218); April 1, 1998
Performer(s): Summit Brass
Work(s): The “Summit” Concertante
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
Crystal Records (CD679); October 28, 1997
Performer(s): John Cerminaro and Charlotte Cerminaro, horn
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 CELLO CONCERTO
Delos International (DE3134); April 1, 1994
Performer(s): Adam Stern, conductor; Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Work(s): Concertante 1988
Second Cello Concerto
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)
Laurel Records (LR-845); January 1, 1988
Trio for Wind Instruments
MUSIC FOR STRINGS
Laurel Records (LR-843); January 1, 1987
Work(s): Lyric Suite
Octet for Strings “la laurenziana”
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
for Chamber OrchestraConcertazioni
for Trumpet and Chamber EnsembleDivertimento II
for Chamber EnsembleFantasia
for French Horn and OrchestraNecompe
for Eight PercussionistsPoema
for Chamber EnsemblePreludes and Interludes to a Drama
for Chamber EnsembleSinfonietta
for Chamber OrchestraSymphony
for OrchestraSymphony No. 5
for Solo Baritone, Mixed Chorus, and OrchestraTableaux
for Piano and OrchestraVolo
for Solo Viola and Two String Ensembles