I’d heard the name “Lawrence Dillon” a few times. And I was aware that he was an American composer of some reputation, located somewhere within the tonal camp. But what made me want to find out more about him and his music was a blog he posted a couple of weeks ago.
In the first sentence, Dillon gently drops a bombshell: “There are gobs of composers who style themselves postmodernists as a cover for lazy composing,” he calmly asserts. (You can read his blog here.)
He prefaces the declaration with the warning that his opinion may “raise some hackles” – and indeed it may. But he’ll get no argument from me, as I’ve often thought exactly the same thing.