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Elegien (2023)

by Thomas Oboe Lee

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PadraigC Melodious piano pieces. Very interesting release notes. Favorite track: Notturno ... Moderato, quasi rubato, Andante.
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Wikipedia entry on Ferruccio Busoni's Elegies (German: Elegien): The "Elegies" mark a significant change in Busoni's compositional approach. The harmonic language of the "Elegies" is extended, with the pedal used audaciously to blend disparate tones: unrelated triads are overlapped and juxtaposed; chords are constructed from intervals other than thirds; unusual and highly chromatic scales and runs, often differing from the surrounding harmonies, are extensively employed and varied; melodies, and solitary "sighs," moving by whole and half steps, magnify these disorienting effects."

Busoni recognized the change: "My entire personal vision I put down at last and for the first time in the Elegies," and "the Elegies signify a milestone in my development. Almost a transformation ..."

Inspired by this work, I gave myself a challenge to write my own version of "Elegien." Like the Busoni, it is in seven movements for solo piano.

1. Recueillement ... Sostenuto, quasi Moderato
2. Barcarolo in modo napolitano ... Andante
3. Choralvorspiel ... Adagio
4. Intermezzo ... Allegretto TRIO
5. Walzer ... Andante, più tranquillo
6. Notturno ... Moderato … quasi rubato, Andante
7. Berceuse ... Largo calmo

This work is dedicated to the memory of Nika Shakarami and Sarina Esmailzadeh.


released April 10, 2023

Jung-A Bang, piano

Recorded in the Fraser Studio @ WGBH
March 28, 2023
Antonio Oliart, sound engineer and editor

Music by Thomas Oboe Lee

© Departed Feathers Music, Inc. - BMI - 2023

Photo credit: Thomas Oboe Lee

YouTube link: youtu.be/rEV9pTKHoBU


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Thomas Oboe Lee Cambridge, Massachusetts

Thomas Oboe Lee was born in China in 1945. He lived in São Paulo, Brazil, for six years before coming to the United States in 1966. After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh, he studied composition at the New England Conservatory and Harvard University. He has been a member of the music faculty at Boston College since 1990. ... more

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