Daron Hagen
1961 -
United States of America, WI
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D.A. Hagen
Daron Aric [Daron] Hagen (04/11/1961), an American composer, born in Milwaukee, WI. He began the study of piano, music theory, conducting and composition at the age of fourteen at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. He continued his studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Curtis Institute of Music and the Juilliard School, working with teachers as diverse as Leonard Bernstein, David Diamond, Witold Lutoslawski, Ned Rorem, and Joseph Schwantner. Daron Hagen studied with Ned Rorem.
Composed in:1986
Musical form:song
Text/libretto:Ze'ev Dunei
Label(s):Arsis CD 106
A song from Love songs (1984/1987), recorded as Songs in 1989. A song for one voice and piano, in English from the Israeli poet Ze'ev Dunei, an Israeli news cameraman whom Hagen met at Yaddo.
Text declamation in his songs is simple, but the underlying craftsmanship is complex. At the same time, the music is easy to listen to, often referring to the jazz of musical theater. The songs are deceptively laid-back; I suspect they are not easy to sing. Crowder’s sense of pitch is good, and she is aided by a clear voice and a controlled vibrato....
Stern (heard in Dear Youth) and Moore are excellent collaborators. Hagen’s sophisticated songs remind me somewhat of the AIDS Quilt Songbook and deserve to be heard just as often. Russell Platt’s extensive notes are affectionate, biographical, and analytical.
Source:The American Record Guide (Nov/Dec ‘97)
Hagen's works are somewhat less conservative and more adventurous than those of his mentor Ned Rorem. This does not mean that they are by any means inaccessible; justt he opposite is true. They merely present more interesting vocal and musical challenges at times. Throughout, listeners can pick up traces of jazz idioms and occasional hints of Broadway, leaving a distinct impression of Americana on the ear.
Author:David C. Bradley
Source:Journal of Singing, February 1998