Richard Lane (1933-2004)
On September 3, 2004, a police patrol intercepted a convertible Ford Mustang that was zigzagging out of control.
Richard Lane had just left Cape Cod, where he spent his summers composing, and suffered a stroke while driving back to his home in Paterson, New Jersey. He was urgently taken to Newark University Hospital, but nine days later, he passed away, leaving behind a rich legacy of over 500...
In June 1985, Richard Lane dedicated Serenade to his musician friends Ann M. and Roger (last names unknown). Lane constructed this piece on a clever canvas of letters=notes based on the last names of Ann and Roger to create the main thematic material (see illustration).
An immense tenderness emerges from this Serenade, with a violin that sings magnificently on the masterful harmonic constructions of Lane’s hand.
Lane composed eleven pieces for solo violin, covering the pedagogical, community and professional levels. Four pieces were composed for the pedagogical level: Waltz (1972, DD148); A Song for Sally (1975, DD166); Serenade (1985, DD277) and Summer Song (2004, DD440), followed by his only community level piece, A Klezmer Tune (Unk, DD461). Lane composed six pieces for violin at the professional level, beginning with one of his earlier pieces, This Particular Spring (1956, DD16), which was followed by Suite (1960, DD76), Sonata Nos. 1-3 (1964, DD104; 1979, DD203; 2003, DD356), and Elegy (1989, DD319)."
- Editions Bim