Larsen, Libby

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Libby Larsen


Born: December 24, 1950

Country: Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.

Studies: University of Minnesota (B.A.1972, M.A.1975, Ph.D.1978)

Teachers: Paul Fetler, Dominick Argento, Erick Stokes


“Music exists in an infinity of sound. I think of all music as existing in the substance of the air itself. It is the composer’s task to order and make sense of sound, in time and space, to communicate something about being alive through music.” – Libby Larsen

Libby Larsen (b. 24 December 1950, Wilmington, Delaware) is one of America’s most performed living composers. She has created a catalogue of over 400 works spanning virtually every genre from intimate vocal and chamber music to massive orchestral works and over twelve operas. Grammy Award winning and widely recorded, including over fifty CD’s of her work, she is constantly sought after for commissions and premieres by major artists, ensembles, and orchestras around the world, and has established a permanent place for her works in the concert repertory.

As a vigorous, articulate advocate for the music and musicians of our time, in 1973 Larsen co-founded the Minnesota Composers Forum, now the American Composer’s Forum, which has become an invaluable aid for composers in a transitional time for American arts. A former holder of the Papamarkou Chair at John W. Kluge Center of the Library of Congress, Larsen has also held residencies with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Charlotte Symphony and the Colorado Symphony.[1]

Works for Percussion

Bronze Veils - Percussion Duo; Trombone
Concertino for Tenor Steel Drum and Chamber Ensemble - Tenor Steel Drum; Chamber Ensemble
Corker - Multiple Percussion; Clarinet
Downwind of Roses in Maine - Mallets; Flute; Clarinet
I Dream of Peace - Percussion Duo; Choir SATB
Like Blind Men Tapping in the Dark - Percussion Duo (Marimba Duo)
Marimba Concerto; After Hampton - Marimba; Orchestra
Ricochet for Marimba - Percussion Duo (Marimba Duo)
Ridge-Runner - Multiple Percussion; Trumpet
Xibalba - Percussion Duo; Bassoon