Larry Polansky

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Larry Polansky performing one of his canons with audience at a panel discussion in January 2009

Larry Polansky (born 1954) is a composer, guitarist, mandolinist, and professor emeritus at Dartmouth College and the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is a founding member and co-director of Frog Peak Music (a composers' collective): [1]. He co-wrote HMSL (Hierarchical Music Specification Language) with Phil Burk and David Rosenboom.

There are several recordings of his work, including an album of mensuration canons, Four-Voice Canons. He also served as co-producer of Asmat Dream: New Music Indonesia, Vol. I ([2]).

He is the brother of novelist Steven Polansky.


  • freeHorn (2017, Cold Blue Music)
  • Three Pieces for Two Pianos (2016, New World Records)
  • The World's Longest Melody (2010, New World Records, featuring Zwerm guitar quartet)
  • The Theory of Impossible Melody (1990, Artifact Recordings; 2008 Reissue on New World Records)
  • Trios (2004, Pogus CDs, with Douglas Repetto, Tom Erbe, Chris Mann, Christian Wolff)
  • Four Voice Canons (2002, Cold Blue Recordings)
  • Change (2002, Artifact Recordings)
  • Lonesome Road (2001, New World Records, featuring Martin Christ, piano)
  • Simple Harmonic Motion (1994, Artifact Recordings)

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  1. ^ "index.html". Retrieved 2021-12-19.

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