Lansing McLoskey


The proverbial "Three B's" for Lansing McLoskey were not Bach, Beethoven and Brahms, but rather The Beatles, Bauhaus, and Black Flag. His first experiences at writing music were not exercises in counterpoint, but as the guitarist/songwriter for punk bands in the 1980s. It was during these years in punk-rock that he first developed a love for classical music (but that's another story).

Described as "a major talent and a deep thinker with a great ear" by the American Composers Orchestra, "an engaging, gifted composer writing smart, compelling and fascinating music" by Gramophone Magazine, and "a distinctive voice in American music,” his music has been performed to critical acclaim in 21 countries on six continents. He has won more than two dozen national & international awards, including The 2016 American Prize, the 2018 Copland House Award and commission, the 2018 Boston Choral Ensemble’s Composition Competition, the 2016 Robert Avalon International Composition Competition, and two awards from the American Academy of Arts & Letters. Most recently he was a 2019 Bogliasco Foundation Fellow, and the CD of his oratorio "Zealot Canticles" won a 2019 GRAMMY.

Recent performances include at the 2017  Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (UK), 2018 Dark Music Days Festival (Iceland), the 2018 Festival de Musica Contemporànea Habana (Cuba), the Alba Music Festival (Italy), the 2018 Contrasti Festival (Trento, Italy), the 2018 International Clarinet Conference (Belgium), and the premiere of a new piano work at Carnegie Hall in June of 2018. He has been commissioned by the Fromm Foundation, NEA, Barlow Endowment, Meet The Composer, Pew Charitable Trusts, the Int’l Joint Wind Quintet Project, and numerous ensembles. Recent commissions include a Barlow Commission for an 80-minute oratorio for The Crossing; a full-length opera for Guerilla Opera (Boston) for 2019/20; ensemberlino vocale (Berlin); Kammerkoret NOVA (Oslo, Norway); New Spectrum Foundation for violinist Miranda Cuckson; Berlin PianoPercussion; and Passepartout Duo (Berlin). His music is released on 16 CDs on Albany, Innova, Centaur, WergoSchallplatten, LAWO Classics, Capstone, Tantara, Equilibrium/Soundset, and Beauport Classics. Professor at the University of Miami Frost School of Music, McLoskey is an avid surfer, cyclist, and skateboarder. 

ACE Publications

35 title(s)
Lansing McLoskey AGITPROP bass clarinet, marimba, audio fixed media, audience participation
Lansing McLoskey blur
cl, basset horn
Lansing McLoskey BLUR (alto sax & clarinet version)
clarinet, alto sax
Lansing McLoskey Captivity of Hannah Duston, The Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, Tenor, Baritone, Clarinet (Doubling Bass Clarinet), Alto Saxophone, Violin, and Percussion
Lansing McLoskey Dear World SATB (choir or solo voices)
Lansing McLoskey gnomonic projection Piano Four Hands
Lansing McLoskey Haute Dance
Baroque violin, tenor viola da gamba, and theorbo
Lansing McLoskey lux.5 String Quintet
Violin, Viola, 2 Cellos, and Double Bass
Lansing McLoskey Moraine 2222/2220/1 perc/ piano
Lansing McLoskey Mühlfeldtänze Clarinet Quintet
Bb Clarinet & String Quartet
Lansing McLoskey O mira novitas
SSA solo voices
Lansing McLoskey Occam's Razor solo vcl/3110/2221/2 perc/2 vln/4 cb
Lansing McLoskey Piano Sonata No 1 Natural Man
Lansing McLoskey Plaindance
ob/eng, cl, vla, vcl, cb
Lansing McLoskey #playlist Reed Quintet
English Horn, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Bass Clarinet, and Bassoon
Lansing McLoskey ...que la tierra se partio por su sonido Solo Flute and Flute Ensemble
Solo Flute, 6 Piccolos, 2 Alto Flutes, and 2 Bass Flutes
Lansing McLoskey Qumran Psalms SATB triple-choir
Lansing McLoskey Riddle ATTB, four solo mens voices
Lansing McLoskey Rosetta Stone alt version: fl/picc, cl, vln, vcl, perc, pno
fl/picc, cl, vla, vcl, perc, pno
Lansing McLoskey Sette grime på natta mixed choir SATB
Lansing McLoskey Shout in the Street Mezzo-Soprano, Flute, and Piano
Lansing McLoskey Sikurtawa Saxophone Quartet
Lansing McLoskey Solsange
SAT solo voices
Lansing McLoskey Star Chamber
Lansing McLoskey Sudden Music Soprano and Piano

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