Laurence Crane

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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.[1] Some performances they have given include Riis (1996) and John White in Berlin (2003).

He has written a considerable amount of piano music. Pianists who have performed his work include Michael Finnissy, Thalia Myers and John Tilbury.

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.[2] In the same year, his piece Omloop Het Ives for bass flute and string quartet was nominated for the British Composer Awards.[3]

He is currently Professor of Composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.[4]

Compositional style[edit]

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..."[5]

Personal life[edit]

Laurence Crane was born in 1961 in Oxford. He read music at the University of Nottingham with Peter Nelson and Nigel Osborne.

His brother is the philosopher Tim Crane.

Notable Works[edit]

  • John White in Berlin
  • 20th Century Music
  • Raimondas Rumsas
  • Pieces About Art
  • Sparling
  • 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


  1. ^ "Crane, Laurence | NMC Recordings". Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  2. ^ "Laurence Crane receives Paul Hamlyn Foundation Awards for Artists 2017". Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  3. ^ Edition, Composers (2 November 2017). "British Composer Award Nomination for Laurence Crane". Composers Edition News. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  4. ^ "Guildhall School of Music & Drama | Department of Composition". Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  5. ^ Bidrobon, Bidrobon (3 April 2013). "Concert program". Retrieved 3 April 2013.

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