Laurence Crane (born 1961 in Oxford) is a composer of contemporary classical music.
He is closely associated with the ensemble Apartment House, for whom he has written Riis (1996) and John White in Berlin (2003). He has written a considerable amount of piano music. Pianists who have performed his work include Michael Finnissy, Thalia Myers and John Tilbury.
A 1995 Gramophone review described Crane’s music as “as minimal as you can get, and irresistibly droll”.
In the program for a concert in Oslo, Norway in April 2013, Crane writes that “I use simple and basic musical objects; common chords and intervals, arpeggios, drones, cadences, fragments of scales and melodies. The materials may seem familiar – perhaps even rather ordinary – but my aim is to find a fresh beauty in these objects by placing them in new structural and formal contexts…”