Daron Hagen (b. 1961) was recognized in 2014 by the American Academy of Arts and Letters with an Academy Award citing his “outstanding artistic achievement and acknowledging the composer who has arrived at his or her own voice”—an extraordinary statement, as his effusively eclectic works blend with subversive fluency Renaissance polyphony and extended vocal techniques, 40s Americana and electro-acoustic soundscapes, ambient sound installations and opulent multi-media verismo operas, 60s folk rock and Weimar agitprop, sprawling Modernist sound mass works and exquisitely-wrought chamber works and concertos for traditional Japanese instruments. The citation goes on to characterize him as “a multi-faceted composer who does a first-rate job on anything concerning music—its creation, its performance, and its communicability. His remarkable and diverse music compositions include operas, choral works, symphonies, and chamber music. In addition, he is celebrated for his work as a conductor, artistic and stage director, and librettist.”
Hagen is currently developing the “post-genre multi-media performance happening” ORSON REHEARSED for the Fifth House Ensemble at the Chicago College of Performing Arts, Afterwards, an evening-long cycle of songs for four singers and piano for the Brooklyn Art Song Society and Philadelphia’s Lyric Fest, and 9/10, a site-specific encounter for six singers and pre-recorded electro-acoustic sounds supported by a Guggenheim Fellowship melding improvisation and pre-notated arias that unfolds over dinner in a restaurant in Little Italy the night before the destruction of the Twin Towers.
The mid-career recipient of commissions from the New York Philharmonic, Seattle Opera, Philadelphia Orchestra, and over a dozen other major orchestras and opera companies, he has written more than 350 works for the concert stage, including 9 operas (A Woman in Morocco, Shining Brow, Amelia, Bandanna, Vera of Las Vegas), and the forthcoming Orson, which he will also design and direct; 14 concertos (for Gary Graffman, Jaime Laredo, Sharon Robinson), 5 symphonies (Philadelphia, Milwaukee, Oakland, Albany, Phoenix), 22 song cycles (Paul Sperry, Kings Singers, Ashley Putnam); and dozens of chamber, band, and choral works. Hagen is a frequent conductor, collaborative pianist, librettist, and stage director of his own theatrical works who has worked with Leonard Bernstein, Ken Cazan, Michael Christie, Lara Downes, JoAnn Falletta, Nathan Gunn, Kate Lindsey, Michael Morgan, Robert Orth, Gerard Schwarz, Leonard Slatkin, and Stephen Wadsworth, among others.
A Lifetime Member of the Corporation of Yaddo, a Trustee of the Douglas Moore Fund for American Opera, and Chair of Composition for the Wintergreen Festival Music Academy, he serves as a Distinguished Mentor for Composers Now, and has served as artistic director of the Seasons Music Festival, and as president of the Lotte Lehmann Foundation. Hagen made his debut as a stage director with Kentucky Opera and has directed productions at Symphony Space in New York City, the Actors Theatre of Louisville, and the McCarter Theater in Princeton (New York Stories, The Antient Concert, A Woman in Morocco). He writes regularly for the Huffington Post and other online journals.
Born in Wisconsin, Hagen studied composition with Ned Rorem at the Curtis Institute and David Diamond at the Juilliard School, then worked extensively as a copyist and editor for numerous concert composers and Broadway shows, including Elliot Carter, Virgil Thomson, Gian Carlo Menotti, and Disney. He taught for a decade at Bard College, and served on the faculties of the Curtis Institute, the Chicago College of Performing Arts, New York University, and the Princeton Atelier, among others, before turning his attention solely to teaching privately and creating. His music is recorded on Naxos, Albany, CRI, and Bridge. A Manhattanite for 28 years, he and his wife, composer Gilda Lyons, moved Upstate in 2011 to raise their sons. (April 2017)
Cover Title (Subtitle) Duration Instrumentation Drag Here to Add To List Opera The Antient Concert 20524 60:00 Soprano, mezzo, soprano, lyric baritone, dramatic baritone, str.qt. Bandanna
An opera in two acts and a prologue
20525 118:00 Solo soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, baritone (2), bass-baritone; SATB chorus; 2 (fl. 1 dbl. picc.; fl. 2 dbl. picc., a. fl.)/2 (eng.hn.)/3 (b.cl.)/2/s.sax., a.sax., t.sax., b.sax.;2/2 (flg. hn.)/2/1;timp., perc.(4), pno., hp.;cb.(3);. . .Bandan Prelude and Prayer from Bandanna 20531 14:00 Solo soprano; fl.(2) (I dbl. picc.), ob.(2), cl.(2), b.cl., bsn.(2).; s.sax., a.sax., t.sax., b., sax.; hn.(2), tpt.(2), tbn., tba.; timp., Perc. vib., mar.; hp., cb.(3) Vera of Las Vegas
A Nightmare Cabaret Opera in One Act
20534 60:00 Ob., Reed I (Cl. in Bb, Sop. Sax. in Bb), Reed II (Cl. in Bb, B.Cl. in Bb, A.Sax.in Eb), Bsn., tpt.in C, tbn., Drum Kit, Acoustic Piano, Yamaha Clavinova P-100 Synthesizer (or equivalent), Acoustic Guitar (doubling Elect. Lead Gtr. and Elect. B. Gtr.), Symphonic Banner of My Purpose 20527 18:00 Baritone voice; picc., fl.(2), ob.(2), cl.(3), b.cl., bsn.(2), a.sax(2), t.sax., b.sax.; hn(4), tpt.(3), tbn.(2), b.tbn., euph., tba; timp., perc., db. Broken Pieces
A Love Story in One Scene
20528 25:00 Soprano voice, Tenor Voice; Pno. – or – Chamber Orch version: 1(dbl. Picc.) 1 1 1 – 1 1 0 0; Vibr. Str. Suddenly 20532 6:00 2(Picc.) 2 2 2 – 4 3 2 1; Timp. 4Perc. Hp. Str. The Heart of a Stranger 20530 16:00 Solo baritone voice; fl.(2), a. fl., ob.(2), eng.hn., cl.(2), b.cl., bsn.(3); hn.(3), tpt.(3); vib., mar.; hp., cb. Concert Band Bandanna Overture SPS4 8:00 Concert Band Suddenly 20533 6:00 picc., fl., ob., cl.(3), bass cl., bsn.; a.sax.(2), t.sax., bar. sax.; hn.(4), tpt.(3), tbn.(2), b. tbn., euph., tba.; timp., perc.(3), cb. Wedding Dances SPS5 9:00 Concert Band Chamber Flute Sonata No. 1 W2635 :15:00 Flute, Piano Flute Sonata No. 2 W2615 :15:00 Flute, Piano Jot! MXE6 6:00 Mixed Ensemble Solo Piano Piano Variations P3312 :7:00 Piano Qualities Of Light O5443 24:00 Piano Vocal / Choral The Antient Concert VS4 1:00:00 Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, Baritone, Lyric Baritone Bandanna O5460 1:56:00 Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Soprano Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Horn, Trumpet, Tenor, Tuba, Contrabass, Timpani, Piano, Harp, Percussion, Mixed Chorus, Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, Baritone Broken Pieces VF13 :23:00 High Voice, Low Voice, Piano Four Poems Of William Blake CM8626 SATB Ghandi’s Children 20529 4:00 SA chorus; handbells Hagen Songbook VF3 Voice, Piano I Had Rather CM8894 SATB Love In A Life CY3276 Voice, Piano Muldoon Songs CY2525 Male voice, Piano Sappho Songs MXE14F :28:00 Soprano, Alto, Cello
Bandanna (Act II)
An Opera in Two Acts and a PrologueBandanna (Prologue & Act I)
An Opera in Two Acts and a PrologueBandanna Overture
for BandVera of Las Vegas
A Nightmare Cabaret Opera in One Act