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Daron Aric Hagen
Daron Aric Hagen

Daron Aric Hagen (born November 4, 1961, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is an American composer of contemporary classical music and opera. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... is the 308th day of the year (309th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other places with the same name, see Milwaukee (disambiguation). ... In the broadest sense, contemporary music is any music being written in the present day. ... This article is about Opera, the art form. ...



Early life and education

The youngest of the three sons of Gwen Hagen (a visual artist, writer and advertising executive who studied with Mari Sandoz) and Earl Hagen (an attorney), Hagen began composing prolifically in 1974, when his older brother gave him a recording and score of Benjamin Britten's Billy Budd. Two years later, at the age of fifteen, he conducted the premiere of his first orchestral work, a recording and score of which came to the attention of Leonard Bernstein, who enthusiastically urged Hagen to attend Juilliard to study with David Diamond. He took composition, piano, and conducting lessons at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music while attending Brookfield Central High School. Mari Sandoz (1896 — 1966) was a Nebraska author, historian and teacher of creative writing. ... Edward Benjamin Britten, Baron Britten, OM CH (November 22, 1913 Lowestoft, Suffolk - December 4, 1976 Aldeburgh, Suffolk) was a British composer, conductor, and pianist. ... Billy Budd is an English language opera by Benjamin Britten, first performed at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London on December 1, 1951. ... Leonard Bernstein in 1971 Leonard Bernstein (IPA pronunciation: )[1] (August 25, 1918 – October 14, 1990) was an American conductor, composer, and pianist. ... David Leo Diamond (July 9, 1915 – June 13, 2005) was an American composer of classical music. ... The Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, founded in 1899, is an independent music school located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. ... Brookfield Central High School is a comprehensive public secondary school located in the city of Brookfield, Wisconsin. ...

After two years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where his teachers included Catherine Comet (conducting), Les Thimmig and Homer Lambrecht (composition), followed by three years of study with Ned Rorem at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, Hagen moved to New York City in 1984 to complete his formal education as a student at Juilliard, studying first for two years with Diamond, then for a semester each with Joseph Schwantner and Bernard Rands. After graduating, Hagen lived abroad briefly, first at the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France, and then at the Rockefeller Foundation's Villa Serbelloni in Bellagio, Italy. When he returned to the United States, Hagen studied privately with Bernstein, whose guidance during the composition of Hagen's Shining Brow (1992) — the opera that launched Hagen's career internationally — prompted him to dedicate the score to Bernstein’s memory. University of Wisconsin redirects here. ... Catherine Comet is a American conductor who was the music director of the Grand Rapids Symphony and the American Symphony Orchestra. ... Ned Rorem (born October 23, 1923) is a noted American composer and diarist. ... The Curtis Institute of Music is a conservatory in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that offers courses of study leading to a performance Diploma, Bachelor of Music, Master of Music in Opera, and Professional Studies Certificate in Opera. ... For other uses, see Philadelphia (disambiguation) and Philly. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... This article is about the year. ... The Juilliard School is a performing arts conservatory in New York City, informally but definitively identified as simply Juilliard, and most famous for its musically-trained alumni. ... Joseph Schwantner (b. ... Bernard Rands Bernard Rands (b. ... Cassis can refer to: Blackcurrant Cassis, Bouches-du-Rhône, a commune on the Bouches-du-Rhône département, in southern France This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... The Rockefeller Foundation (RF) is a prominent philanthropic organization based at 420 Fifth Avenue, New York City. ... Buildings nearly lean over the water of the lake. ... Shining Brow is an English language opera by Daron Hagen, first performed by the Madison Opera in Madison, Wisconsin, April 21, 1992. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ...


His first composition to attract wide attention was Prayer for Peace, premiered by the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1981; the New York Philharmonic commissioned Philharmonia for its 150th anniversary in 1990; the University of Wisconsin Madison School of Music commissioned Concerto for Brass Quintet for its 100th anniversary in 1995; the Curtis Institute commissioned Much Ado for its 75th anniversary in 2000. Hagen's numerous commissions from major orchestras and performers between 1981 and 2007 included orchestral works, three symphonies, seven concertos (for Gary Graffman, Jaime Laredo, Sharon Robinson, Jeffrey Khaner and Sara Sant'Ambrogio, among others), several massive works for chorus and orchestra, two dozen choral works (including one for the Kings Singers), ballet scores, concert overtures, showpieces, two brass quintets, four piano trios, a string quartet, an oboe quintet, a duo for violin and cello, solo works for piano, organ, violin, viola, and cello, and seventeen published cycles of art songs. In 1990 Hagen began a creative collaboration with the Irish poet Paul Muldoon that resulted in four major operas: Shining Brow (1992), Vera of Las Vegas (1996), Bandanna (1998), and The Antient Concert (2005). The Philadelphia Orchestra, based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is one of the Big Five symphony orchestras in the United States and usually considered among the finest in the world. ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... The New York Philharmonic is the oldest active symphony orchestra in the United States, organized during 1842. ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ... A symphony is an extended piece of music for orchestra, especially one in the form of a sonata. ... Origin Etymology Concerto (from the Latin concertus, from certare, to strive, also confused with concentus), in its most general sense, is a name for a piece of classical music in which there are two distinct groups of instruments, one larger than the other. ... Gary Graffman (born 14 October 1928) is a classical pianist, teacher of piano and music administrator. ... Jaime Laredo (born June 7, 1941 in Cochabamba, Bolivia) is a violinist and conductor. ... Sharon Hall Robinson (born December 2, 1949) is an American cellist. ... Jeffrey Khaner is a flute professor in Curtis Institute of Music and Juliard School. ... Sara SantAmbrogio is an American cellist best known as a member of the Eroica Trio. ... The Kings Singers are an a cappella group, consisting of two countertenors, two tenors, a baritone and a bass. ... Paul Muldoon (b. ... Shining Brow is an English language opera by Daron Hagen, first performed by the Madison Opera in Madison, Wisconsin, April 21, 1992. ... Bandanna is an English language opera in a prologue and two acts by Daron Hagen, first performed by the The University of Texas at Austin opera theater in Austin, February 25, 1999. ...

Hagen is currently at work on a new opera for the Seattle Opera, a violin concerto for Michael Ludwig and the Buffalo Philharmonic, and a fourth (choral) symphony for the Albany Symphony Orchestra. Recordings of Hagen works may be found on the Albany, Arabesque, Arsis, Sierra, TNC, Mark, and CRI labels, among others; his music is published by EC Schirmer and Carl Fischer. Also active as a collaborative pianist, conductor, and stage director, Hagen has lived in New York City since 1984. The Seattle Opera is an opera company located in Seattle, Washington. ... The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is located in Buffalo, New York, near DYouville College. ... The Albany Symphony Orchestra (ASO) is a professional symphony orchestra based in Albany, New York. ...


A passionate educator, eloquent ambassador of the arts, and advocate of young composers, he is currently composer in residence at the Music Conservatory of the Chicago College of Performing Arts; he has served as the Franz Lehár Composer in Residence at the University of Pittsburgh (2007), twice as Composer in Residence for the Princeton University Atelier (1998, 2005); as Artist in Residence at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (2000-2002); Sigma-Chi-William P. Huffman Composer in Residence at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio (1999-2000); Artist in Residence at Baylor University, Waco, Texas (1998-1999); on the musical studies faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music (1996-1998); as an Associate Professor at Bard College (1988-1997); as a Visiting Professor at the City College of New York (1997, 1993-1994); and as a Lecturer in Music at New York University (1988-1990). From 2004-2007 Hagen served as President of the Lotte Lehmann Foundation in New York City, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging the performance and creation of art song. He was named a Lifetime Member of the Corporation of Yaddo in 2006. Chicago College of Performing Arts is well situated on the top floors of the historic Auditorium Building, designed by world-famous architects Dankmar Adler and Louis Sullivan. ... Lehár Franz Lehár (30 April 1870 – 24 October 1948) was an Austrian composer of Hungarian descent, mainly known for his operettas. ... The University of Pittsburgh, commonly referred to as Pitt, is a state-related, doctoral/research university in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States. ... Princeton University is a private coeducational research university located in Princeton, New Jersey. ... “UNLV” redirects here. ... , This article is about the university in Oxford, Ohio. ... Baylor University is a private, Baptist-affiliated research university located in Waco, Texas. ... For other meanings of the word Bard, see Bard (disambiguation). ... “City College” redirects here. ... New York University (NYU) is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational research university in New York City. ... The Lotte Lehmann Foundation, named for the great German soprano active in the first half of the twentieth century, serves to preserve and perpetuate her legacy, and to honor her dream of bringing art song into the lives of as many people as possible. ... An art song is a vocal music composition, usually written for one singer and often with piano accompaniment. ... Yaddo was founded as a nonprofit organization in 1900 by the financier Spencer Trask and his wife Katrina, herself a poet, Nichols Trask, and philanthropist George Foster Peabody. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Hagen's music has received the Columbia University Bearns Prize, the Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Barlow Foundation commission and prize, multiple prizes from the Broadcast Music Incorporated and ASCAP Foundations including the ASCAP-Nissim Prize for Orchestral Music, Opera America's Next Stage Award and a production grant from the Readers Digest Opera for a New America Project (1997), a production grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (2005), and the Kennedy Center Friedheim Prize for orchestral music. Performances by hundreds of orchestras and soloists in the United States, as well as an increasing number of revivals internationally of his operas have cemented Hagen's status as one of America's most respected and sought-after composers. Alma Mater Columbia University in the City of New York is a private university in the United States and a member of the Ivy League. ... This photo from around 1913 shows Ives in his day job. He was the director of a successful insurance agency. ... American Academy of Arts and Letters is an organization whose goal is to foster, assist, and sustain an interest in American literature, music, and art. ... Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI) is a collecting society that protects composers intellectual property in the communications business, especially radio. ... The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) is an organization known as a collecting society that protects intellectual property, ensuring that music which is broadcast, commercially recorded, or otherwise used for profit, pays a fee to compensate the creators of that music. ... Opera America, officially OPERA America, is a service organization in North America promoting the creation, presentation, and enjoyment of opera. ... The National Endowment for the Arts is a United States federally funded program that offers support and funding for projects that exhibit artistic excellence. ... The Kennedy Center as seen from the Potomac River. ...

Selected list of works

Works for and with orchestra

  • Prayer for Peace for string orchestra (1981)
  • Stanzas for cello and chamber orchestra (1982)
  • Andersonville Overture (1982)
  • Concerto for Violin and Orchestra (1983)
  • Symphony No. 1 (1985)
  • Grand Line: a Tribute to Leonard Bernstein (1986)
  • Heliotrope (1990)
  • Symphony No. 2 (1990)
  • Philharmonia (1991)
  • Fire Music (1992)
  • Joyful Music for chorus and orchestra (1994)
  • Concerto for Horn, with Winds and Strings (1994)
  • Built Up Dark for strings, winds and brass (1996)
  • Taliesin: Choruses from Shining Brow for chorus and orchestra (1996)
  • Concerto for Cello and Orchestra (1996)
  • Stewards of Your Bounty for chorus and orchestra (1996)
  • Postcards from America (1997)
  • Symphony No. 3 (1998)
  • Suddenly (2000)
  • Much Ado (2000)
  • Concerto for Oboe and String Orchestra (2001)
  • Angels for string orchestra (2001)
  • Advance (2001)
  • Seven Last Words for Piano LH and orchestra (2002)
  • Piano Concerto (2002)
  • Chamber Symphony (2003)
  • Susurrus (2003)
  • Romeo and Juliet for flute, cello and orchestra (2004)
  • Gesture Drawings for orchestra (2005)

Operas and Cantatas

  • A Walt Whitman Requiem for chorus and string orchestra (1984)
  • Shining Brow (1991)
  • Vera of Las Vegas (1997)
  • Songs of Madness and Sorrow (1997)
  • Bandanna, the opera (1998)
  • Light Fantastic (2000)
  • Broken Pieces (2003)
  • The Antient Concert (2005)

Shining Brow is an English language opera by Daron Hagen, first performed by the Madison Opera in Madison, Wisconsin, April 21, 1992. ... Bandanna is an English language opera in a prologue and two acts by Daron Hagen, first performed by the The University of Texas at Austin opera theater in Austin, February 25, 1999. ...

Song Cycles

  • Echo's Songs (1982)
  • Three Silent Things for soprano and piano quartet (1984)
  • Love Songs (1986)
  • Rapture and Regret for soprano, cello and piano (1987)
  • Muldoon Songs (1990)
  • Dear Youth for soprano, flute and piano (1991)
  • Lost in Translation for voice, oboe, cello and harpsichord (1993)
  • Merrill Songs (1996)
  • Love Scene from Romeo and Juliet for soprano, baritone, flute, violin and piano (1996)
  • The Heart of the Stranger (2000)
  • Love in a Life (2000)
  • Phantoms of Myself (2000)
  • Figments (2001)
  • Larkin Songs (2001)
  • Letting Go (2003)
  • Alive in a Moment for voice and string quartet (2003)
  • Sappho Songs for two female voices and cello (2004)

Chamber Works

  • Divertimento for viola, harp, and vibraphone (1984)
  • Suite for Solo Violin (dedicated to Michaela Paetsch)(1984)
  • Trio Concertante: Piano Trio No. 1 (1984)
  • Occasional Notes for organ (1985)
  • String Quartet No. 1 (1985)
  • Suite for Solo Cello (1985)
  • Sonata No. 1 for Flute and Piano (1985)
  • Suite for Solo Viola (1986)
  • J'entends: Piano Trio No. 2 (1986)
  • Higher, Louder, Faster! for solo cello (1987)
  • The Presence Absence Makes, for flute and string quartet (1988)
  • Harp Trio (1989)
  • Jot! for clarinet, marimba, and piano (1989)
  • Everything Must Go! for brass quintet (1993)
  • Music from Shining Brow for brass quintet (1994)
  • Concerto for Brass Quintet (1995)
  • An Overture to Vera for fourteen instruments (1996)
  • Duo for Violin and Cello (1997)
  • Qualities of Light for piano (1999)
  • Serenade for ten instruments (2000)
  • Quintet for Oboe and Strings (2001)
  • Nocturne for piano and strings (2001)
  • Snapshot for string quartet (2002)
  • Variant for string quartet (2002)
  • Piano Variations (2002)
  • Chamber Symphony for thirteen instruments (2003)
  • Sonata No. 2 for Flute and Piano (2003)
  • Piano Trio No 3: Wayfaring Stranger (2006)
  • Piano Trio No. 4: Angel Band (2007)

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Choral Works

  • Vägen (1985)
  • The Voice Within (1985)
  • Little Prayers (1989)
  • The Waking Father (1995)
  • The Elephant's Child (1995)
  • Litany of Reconciliation (1996)
  • Gandhi's Children (1997)
  • Hope (1997)
  • Silent Night, eight movements for chorus, cello and percussion (1998)
  • We're All Here for chorus and chamber ensemble(2002)
  • I Had Rather (2004)
  • Vertue (2005)
  • Flight Music for treble chorus and string quartet (2005)
  • O, For Such a Dream for soprano solo, mixed chorus, and piano (2006)

Band and Wind Ensemble

  • Sennets, Cortege, and Tuckets (1990)
  • Concerto for Flügelhorn and Wind Ensemble (1994)
  • Concerto for Cello and Wind Orchestra (1998)
  • Night, Again (1998)
  • Forward! for brass and percussion (1999)
  • Bandanna Overture (1999)
  • Wedding Dances from Bandanna (2000)
  • Prelude and Prayer from Bandanna (2000)
  • The Banner of My Purpose for baritone and wind ensemble (2006)

Further reading

  • "Hagen, Daron" Grove Music Online ed. L. Macy. Accessed 11 November 2005: Grove Online
  • Carol Kimball, "Daron Hagen," in Song: A Guide to Style and Literature (Seattle:Pst Inc., 1996), 298-300.
  • Paul Kreider 1999. Art songs of Daron Hagen: lyrical dramaticism and simplicity with an interpretive guide to rittenhouse songs and resuming green. DMA diss., University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona.
  • Edwin Powell 2002. Bandanna, an opera by Daron Aric Hagen with libretto by Paul Muldoon commissioned by the College Band Directors National Association: the origins of an artwork with a glimpse at its musical character development. DMA diss., Baylor University, Waco, Texas.
  • Jane McCalla Redding 2002. An introduction to American song composer Daron Aric Hagen (b. 1961) and his miniature folk opera: dear youth. DMA diss., Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
  • Ned Rorem "Learning With Daron," Opera News (April 10, 1993): 29-30.

Ned Rorem (born October 23, 1923) is a noted American composer and diarist. ...

External links


  • Audio Samples of Hagen's music

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