Brent Lawrence composes works that seek out genuine emotion through artistic action. As a member of Landscape Music, a great deal of his work is inspired by the natural world, not only in how it can be seen, but how it can be experienced. To this end, Brent strives to compose music that communicates these experiences to the performer—and the audience—with a rich pallet of harmonic color, keen melodicism, and a sensitivity towards the sensation of meter.
Native to the Blue Ridge mountains of southwest Virginia, Brent has written music based on landscapes across the United States. Recent works include, Sprawling, yet retreating , which was composed for the 2018 Wyoming Festival held at the University of Wyoming–National Park Service Research Lodge in Grand Teton National Park. As well as several pieces from his collection, High Desert Panoramas , which were inspired by the high desert of eastern Oregon and written for the Oregon Bach Festival Composer Symposium and the Landscape Music Rivers & Trails Concert Series, respectively.
Upcoming works will include The Devil Is In These Hills , an song cycle for soprano, tenor, and chamber orchestra, telling the story of a couple living through disaster in an Appalachian mining town during the early 20th century. Upon the completion and premier of this work, which will serve as a dissertation, Brent will have earned the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Music Composition from the University of Oregon. He also holds an MMus in Composition from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and a BA in guitar performance from Pfeiffer University.