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In Memoriam .​.​. Children's Songs (2022)

by Thomas Oboe Lee

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Moderato 03:39
Allegretto 04:14
Adagio 03:15
Presto TRIO 03:15
Largo 04:02


Chick Corea died at the age of 80 on February 9, 2021. I have been a huge fan of his music and piano playing since I heard the album "Now He Sings, Now He Sobs" (1968). Assisted by Miroslav Vitous and Roy Haynes, Chick was in absolutely rare form on that seminal recording!!! As a tribute to him and "in memoriam" to his musicianship, I wrote these movements for solo piano inspired by his compositions in the album "Children's Songs" (1984).

Corea's "Children's Songs" is a suite of twenty solo piano pieces, each lasting between 1 to 2 minutes. These are truly little gems of composition in miniature, like the Chopin Preludes. But every time I hear them I always felt that these nice little pieces, at least to my ears, always came up short. A lot of them seem to end in mid-air. In my humble opinion, they needed development. But that is of course coming from the mouth of a "classical" composer, me. LOL!!!

Nevertheless, in this tribute, I have taken some ideas from the original Corea "songs" and reinvented them in my own fashion. You will detect a thing or two from Chick, but mostly it's TOL music. Since my "songs" get development, the entire suite consists of ten movements, rather than Corea's twenty. Enjoy!!!

Children's Song No. 1 ... Moderato
Children's Song No. 2 ... Allegretto
Children's Song No. 3 ... Adagio
Children's Song No. 4 ... Recitativo ... Aria
Children's Song No. 5 ... Allegro leggiero
Children's Song No. 6 ... Moderato TRIO
Children's Song No. 7 ... Presto TRIO
Children's Song No. 8 ... Adagio sostenuto
Children's Song No. 9 ... Prestissimo TRIO
Children's Song No. 10 ... Largo


released November 8, 2022

Jung-A Bang, piano

Recorded in the Fraser Studio @ WGBH
October 18, 2022
Antonio Oliart, audio engineer and editor

Music by Thomas Oboe Lee

© Departed Feathers Music, Inc. - BMI - 2022

Photo credit: Thomas Oboe Lee

YouTube link: youtu.be/jnKb7QFIOOw


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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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