Laurence Crane (born 1961 in Oxford) is a composer of contemporary classical music.
Laurence Crane is closely associated with the ensemble Apartment House, who have given over 40 performances of his works. Some performances they have given include Riis (1996) and John White in Berlin (2003).
His piece 'Octet' was shortlisted for the 2009 Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards in the Chamber-Scale Composition category, along with works by Harrison Birtwistle and Karlheinz Stockhausen. In 2017, he won the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Awards for Artists 2017. In the same year, his piece Omloop Het Ives for bass flute and string quartet was nominated for the British Composer Awards.
A 1995 Gramophone review described Crane's music as "as minimal as you can get, and irresistibly droll".
In the program for a concert in Oslo, Norway in April 2013, Crane writes that "I use simple and basic musical objects; common chords and intervals, arpeggios, drones, cadences, fragments of scales and melodies. The materials may seem familiar - perhaps even rather ordinary - but my aim is to find a fresh beauty in these objects by placing them in new structural and formal contexts..."
His brother is the philosopher Tim Crane.
- John White in Berlin
- 20th Century Music
- Raimondas Rumsas
- Pieces About Art
- Holt Quartet
- Old Life was Rubbish
- Sound of Horse
- Slow Folk Tune: Sheringham
- Cobbled Section After Cobbled Section
- See Our Lake
- Birthday piece for Michael Finnissy
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- "Guildhall School of Music & Drama | Department of Composition". www.gsmd.ac.uk. Retrieved 2017-12-23.
- Bidrobon, Bidrobon (3 April 2013). "Concert program". Retrieved 3 April 2013.
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