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Introduzione e balletti (2022)

by Thomas Oboe Lee

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Introduzione 02:15
Valser 03:04
Bolero 02:35
Sarabanda 03:30
Tarantella 02:58
Barcarola 02:35
Bandinerie 02:24
Siciliana 02:19


Claire Kim (a.k.a. Deok Yong Kim) has been my go-to cellist since I first heard her with the NICO Quartet in 2019 @ NEC in Jordan Hall. She recently found a boyfriend who is also a cellist, Bennet Huang. They have been dinner guests at our home many times. So, when I ran out of projects to do in the early summer of 2022, I decided to write a duo of two cellos for them.

In my search for inspiration, I discovered that Ermmano Wolf-Ferrari (1876 - 1948) wrote a number of nice duets for violin and cello. The one that really intrigued me was his "Introduzione e balletto." And since my wife, Kristin Beckwith, is a ballet teacher who has only recently retired from teaching at the Boston Ballet School, I thought this would be a nice gesture to dedicate this work to her.

The Wolf-Ferrari is only a two-movement work, hence the title's "introduzione e balletto" reference. Mine will be a multi-movement work with many "balletti" in it.

I. Introduzione
II. Valser
III. Bolero
IV. Sarabanda
V. Tarantella
VI. Barcarola
VII. Bandinerie
VIII. Siciliana


released September 8, 2022

Deok Yong Kim, cello
Bennet Huang, cello

Recorded in the Eben Jordan Studio @ NEC
August 24, 2022
Collin Register, audio engineer
Jacob Steingart, editing and post production

Music by Thomas Oboe Lee

© Departed Feathers Music, Inc. - BMI - 2022

Photo credit: Michelene Murawski

YouTube link: youtu.be/Ogux4DWafIQ


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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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