MILWAUKEE - As of September 1st, Hal Leonard Corporation has gained exclusive worldwide distribution rights covering the entire catalog of musical publications from Grammy®-winning composer Michael Daugherty, one of the most commissioned, performed and recorded composers on the American concert music scene today.
The deal covers all of Daugherty's orchestral, band and chamber music repertory, published by Peermusic Classical and Boosey & Hawkes - both of whom are distributed by Hal Leonard - as well as all of his new compositions moving forward published by Michael Daugherty Music.
First off the press will be the symphonic band score for Lost Vegas, Daugherty's swinging musical homage to the Las Vegas of the 1950s and '60s. Premiered, commissioned and recorded this year by the University of Michigan and Miami wind ensembles to great acclaim, Lost Vegas has already become one of Daugherty's most popular works. All part rentals for ensemble works published by Michael Daugherty Music will be handled by Bill Holab Music.
Daugherty comments, "I'm very pleased to be working with Hal Leonard. Their distribution reach and marketing savvy are impressive, so I know my publications will be in great hands. The Hal Leonard administrative team is also easy to work with and provides a personal touch, which is greatly appreciated by composers and consumers alike. This will be the first time that all of my music, published by different publishers, is available under one roof. I am greatly looking forward to a harmonious pairing for years to come."
Paul Lavender, vice president of instrumental publications for Hal Leonard, says, "Michael Daugherty is a rare breed indeed; a true talent and a prolific powerhouse. We are honored to feature his complete oeuvre in our catalog."
About Michael Daugherty
The Times of London hails Michael Daugherty as "a master icon maker" with a "maverick imagination, fearless structural sense and meticulous ear." A native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa (b. 1954), Daugherty first came to international attention when the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performed his Metropolis Symphony at Carnegie Hall in 1994. Since then, his music has entered the orchestral, band and chamber music repertory and made him, according to the League of American Orchestras, one of the ten most performed American composers.
Daugherty studied music composition at the University of North Texas, the Manhattan School of Music, and computer music at Pierre Boulez's IRCAM in Paris. He received his doctorate from Yale University, and has collaborated with jazz arranger Gil Evans in New York, and pursued further studies with composer György Ligeti in Hamburg. He taught music composition from 1986-90 at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and in 1991, he joined the School of Music at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), where he is Professor of Composition and a mentor to many of today's most talented young composers.
Daugherty has served as composer-in-residence for many top-tier symphonies, and has earned numerous highly prestigious awards, distinctions, and fellowships for his music. In 2011, the Nashville Symphony's Naxos recording of Daugherty's Metropolis Symphony and Deus ex Machina was honored with three Grammy® Awards, including Best Classical Contemporary Composition.
For more information, please visit www. michaeldaugherty.net.