Lawrence Kenneth Moss (born November 18, 1927 in Los Angeles, California) is an American composer of contemporary classical music.
He holds a B.A. degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, an M.A. from the Eastman School of Music, and a Ph.D. in music composition from the University of Southern California, where his instructors included Leon Kirchner and Ingolf Dahl.
He has taught at Mills College, Yale University (1960-1968), and the University of Maryland, College Park (since 1969). His notable students include Jeffrey Mumford, Liviu Marinescu, and Susan Cohn Lackman.
He has received two Guggenheim Fellowships (1959 and 1968), a Fulbright Scholarship, and four grants from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Moss has composed operatic, instrumental, and electronic music. His music is published by Theodore Presser, Association for the Promotion of New Music (A.P.N.M.), McGinnis & Marx, Alfred Publishing Co., Roncorp Inc., Northeastern Music Programs, and Seesaw Music Corp.
His music has been recorded on the CRI, Desto, Opus One, Albany, Capstone, Orion, EMF, Spectrum, Advance, and AmCam labels.
The Brute was written during my first Guggenheim Fellowship and is dedicated to the Guggenheim Foundation. It received its premiere at the Yale University Norfolk Summer School in 1960 under the baton of Gustav Meier, with Jan de Gaetani in the role of Mrs. Popov.
Under the sponsorship of the New Haven Opera Society (Herta Glaz, Director) it
received a grant for performances in the New Haven Public Schools, where
it was paired with the stage version of Chekov's play, The Bear
on which Erich Bentley based his libretto.
The Brute was chosen to represent the United States at the 20th International Youth Festival held in Bayreuth, Germany in 1970. It received its European premiere there in the Bayreuth Staatsopernhaus.
It has been performed in New York City and elsewhere in the United
States. A videotape of its premiere in Chicago, under the baton of
Ralph Shapey, was
broadcast by CBS television in 1964.
== From the composer's official website
Le Corbusier was commissioned by Philips to present a pavilion at
the 1958 World Fair and insisted (against the sponsors' resistance)
on working with Varèse, who developed his Poème électronique
for the venue, where it was heard by an estimated two million people.
Using 400 speakers separated throughout the interior, Varèse created
a sound and space installation geared towards experiencing sound as it
moves through space. Received with mixed reviews, this piece challenged
audience expectations and traditional means of composing, breathing life
into electronic synthesis and presentation.
© 1987 Bruce Duffie
This conversation was recorded on the telephone on September 5, 1987. Portions were broadcast on WNIB two months later, and again in 1992 and 1997; and on WNUR in 2007 and 2013. A copy of the un-edited audio was placed in the Archive of Contemporary Music at Northwestern Univeristy. This transcription was made in 2020, and posted on this website at that time.
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Award - winning broadcaster Bruce Duffie was with WNIB, Classical 97 in Chicago from 1975 until its final moment as a classical station in February of 2001. His interviews have also appeared in various magazines and journals since 1980, and he now continues his broadcast series on WNUR-FM, as well as on Contemporary Classical Internet Radio.You are invited to visit his website for more information about his work, including selected transcripts of other interviews, plus a full list of his guests. He would also like to call your attention to the photos and information about his grandfather, who was a pioneer in the automotive field more than a century ago. You may also send him E-Mail with comments, questions and suggestions.