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Meet the Faculty

Laurence D. Wallach

Larry Wallach

Laurence D. Wallach
Livingston Hall Chair in Music
Music
Division: Arts
Appointment: 1972

Daniel Arts Center 033
413-528-7212
larry@simons-rock.edu

 

Education:

PhD, MA, AB, Columbia University, 1972, 1968,1965
International Baroque Institute at Longy--harpsichord masterclass of Arthur Haas, 2009
Hartt School of Music Conductor's Institute led by Harold Farberman, 2003
Indiana University Summer Early Music Program--harpsichord masterclass of Arthur Hass, 1993
Aston Magna Summer Academy in 18th Century German Music, 1993
NEA Post-Doctoral Seminar in Piano Performance, UNC, 1981

Professional History:

Music Faculty, Lehmann College of New York City University, 1970-71
Music Instructor, Columbia University School of General Studies, 1970-71
Music Instructor, New York City University SEEK Program, 1970
Music Instructor, Columbia College, 1968-1970
Assistant Conductor, Columbia University Orchestra, 1965-1966

Areas of Interest:

Musical composition, particularly chamber music • Music History of all periods, especially music of the last hundred years • Charles Ives (subject of my dissertation) • Johannes Brahms, Aaron Copland, Johann Hermann Schein, Johann Sebastian Bach, Elliott Carter • Theory and analysis • Piano and harpsichord performance, both solo and chamber music • Playing for English Country Dancing • Literature, aesthetic philosophy

Research Interests/Professional Service

Research Interests
  • Published writings about Charles Ives, Johannes Brahms, music pedagogy, and music performance, including articles, reviews, and program notes
Professional Service
  • Co-director of Early Music Week at World Fellowship, a week-long workshop in Renaissance and Baroque Music in Conway New Hampshire 1996-on
  • Approximately twenty performances per year as pianist, harpsichordist, or organist
  • Founding board member of the Berkshire Bach Society 1990-on

Publications/Book Chapters/Exhibitions/Performances:

Commissions
  • Ariel Chamber Ensemble commission and Meet the Composer Grant, 1986
  • Atlantic Sinfonietta composition commissions, 1988 and 1992
  • Housatonic River Festival composition commision, 2004
  • Winds-in-the-Wilderness composition commission, 2010-11
Performances of recent compositions
  • Two songs for a theater scene about George Gershwin (October 2011)
  • Trio for flute, oboe, and cello (March 2011)
  • Forest Music II for oboe, harp, and string trio (May 2009)
  • Odyssey Quartet for piano and strings (November 2007)
Sample recent keyboard performances:
  • Schubert's "Die Winterreise" with bass John Cheek: December 2011, Simon's Rock
  • Baroque Chamber Music with Eva and Anne Legene: November 2011, Lee MA
  • Early Music Week Staff Concert, October 2011, Lexington MA
  • Baroque Chamber Music with Stephen Hammer, Lucy Bardo, July 2011, New Marlborough MA
  • Music for Four Harpsichords: four performances with and without orchestra--Norfolk CT, Simon's Rock, Albany NY, and Hunter Mt NY, May 2009-Oct 2010
  • Baroque Chamber Music with Susanna Ogata, Stephen Hammer, Lucy Bardo, September 2010, Simon's Rock
  • Boston Early Music Festival--Music for Two Harpsichords, 2009
Recent Publications
  • Approximately 20 music reviews for The Berkshire Review and NY Arts web magazines from 2009 to the present
  • Chapter "Finding the Bridge" in the Simon's Rock pedagogy book, Educating Outside the Lines, published 2011
  • Program notes for the Bard Summer Retrospective on Aaron Copland, 2003
  • Seven articles in The Compleat Brahms edited by Leon Botstein, 1997

Awards/Grants:

  • Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship (1965, declined)
  • William B. Mason Fellowship (1966)
  • Alice M. Ditson Fellowship (1967)
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Year-long Seminar Fellowship (1977-78)
  • Cambridge School of Music Composition Prize (1986)

Other Activities:

  • Playing in English Country Dance Bands 1976-
  • Morris Dancing 1983-
  • Reading fiction, history, aesthetic philosophy