|Born||March 2, 1949|
|Genres||Rock, Pop, Classical|
Hayden Wayne (born March 2, 1949) is a modern American composer and librettist with background in popular music. His style is an amalgamation of classical music influenced by popular idioms. Wayne also has several film scores and award-winning commercials for television to his credit.
Wayne began playing piano at the age of four and played tenor drum in the orchestra pit of The King and I at the age of five which his father was conducting, and performed his first composition in concert at the age of eleven. He won a second prize medal for piano solo from the New York State Music Awards at fifteen. The 1970s saw him performing in the pop/rock world for bands such as Jobriath (Elektra Records). He toured with Sly Stone, the Yardbirds with Jimmy Page, Billy Joel, Gordon Lightfoot, Gladys Knight and the Fifth Dimension.
In the 1980s, Wayne returned to composing and 1983 he opened a new theater for the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles with his metaphorical circus Wire, won $10,000 USD as national first place in 1987 from the National Institute for Music Theater with Neon (A Street Opera) . In 2002, NEON won a 25,000 DM prize in the International Prague Opera Competition. He was commissioned to write In Memoriam: A Celebration, by the Interfaith Concert of Holocaust Remembrance, which premiered at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York in 1993. Subsequently linked with Sinfonietta No. 1: The Klezmer and An Elegy Into Madness, specifically commissioned for the Fiftieth Anniversary of Israel, and titled A Triptych, had its world première at Mandel Hall, the University of Chicago in January 1998. In February 1995, his Symphony #4-FUNK had its world premiere at the Janacek Theatre in Brno, The Czech Republic. It sold out in one week seven months in advance. He also has several film scores and award-winning commercials for television to his credit.
To date, Mr. Wayne has written over four hundred compositions including: The Symphony of Friends, the ballet Cirque de la Lune, Dracula (Opera Erotica), Piano Concerto #1 (The Rock "n' Roll) and Cello Concerto #1 which are paired as a diptych: Sinfonietta #2 (It's a Boy) and #3 (The Emerald); Violin-Piano Sonata (The "Kraft"); The Symphonic Trilogy: #2-REGGAE, #3-HEAVY METAL, #4-FUNK; and SYMPHONY #5 Africa [A Tone Poem] (all recorded by the State Philharmonic of Brno, on New Millennium Records); the choral symphony SYMPHONY #6-THE GIFT; SYMPHONY #7-CELESTIAL DANCES and SYMPHONY #8-1421; the string quartets: The Rosenberger Variations and The Romantic, The Nuzerov Quartets 3, 4 and 5, Nuzerov Quartets 6,7 & 8, and Nuzerov Quartets 9 & 10 performed by the Wallinger String Quartet; Five Dances For Cello and Piano/Piano Quintet #1 (all available on New Millennium Records), and hundreds of songs in various eclectic styles.
The Rosenberger Variations was an original work composed in honor of his teacher Irmgard Hess Rosenberger.
- Sullivan. (January 1, 2008)."Wayne: Symphony 5: Africa." American Record Guide. (subscription required)
- http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1N1-1266BCEDB3B814F0.html Artist, teacher, philanthropist Chicago Sun-Times, February 15, 2009, Larry Finley