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Lawrence Rose

Lawrence Rose was born in England in 1943. He studied violin there from an early age and very soon developed an enthusiasm for composition, leading to the creation of some juvenilia. Other factors intervened, however, and Rose pursued a career in law. This did not completely prevent music studies and composing and some seeds for later completed works were sown. Rose left the law in 2001 and took up composition apace. He has since completed thirty-one pieces, most of them after emigrating to Chicago. Some are large-scale works including four symphonies, three violin concertos, a concerto for orchestra, “Planetary Conjunctions” for large symphony orchestra and a piece for double string orchestra. There is a body of chamber music including four string quartets, a piano quartet, a clarinet trio, a brass quintet, a piano fantasia, a string trio, a cello sonata, a violin sonata and “Jeux, Danses et Fetes” for solo violin and cello. (As an antidote to Covid isolation he also completed a short work for two solo cellos.) Performances of some of his chamber music have taken place in England to considerable acclaim and there has been a very happy collaboration with Stone Records leading to the issue of two CDs of some of his chamber music. Rose has also completed “The Glory and the Dream” for soprano and orchestra, “Whimsical Profundities”, a song cycle for bass-baritone and chamber ensemble and “Missa pro Pace” for double choir, organ and piano.