Serenade Rondo (2013) for solo violin and chamber orchestra

by Thomas Oboe Lee

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I met Sharon Roffman in the fall of 2011 when maestro Steven Lipsitt and the Boston Classical Orchestra premiered my Symphony No. 8 … The City of Light at Faneuil Hall in Boston, Massachusetts. Sharon was the featured concerto soloist on the same program. She was an electrifying soloist in concertos by Mozart and Haydn, respectively. She wowed every one with her chops and musicality!

A year later I went to hear Sharon and the BCO again, and this time I said to Steven Lipsitt that I want to write a concerto for Sharon. He thought it was great idea, and so did she.

The title Serenade Rondo has the same acronym as Sharon Roffman. So in this case, the form precedes the composition. Originally I had planned to compose the concerto in the usual three-movement format. And I thought I was going to make the last movement a rondo, something in the usual ABACA thing. But as I proceeded with the composition, I realized that the work was moving in such a way that the whole thing could be conceived of as a rondo. Ultimately Serenade Rondo ended up in this form: ABACDA

Prelude @ 0:00
Allegro ma non troppo @ 2:28
Adagio @ 6:04
Reprise 1 … Allegro, but a bit faster @ 11:23
TRIO … Allegro @ 11:58
Adagio @ 14:05
Reprise 2 … Allegro, again a bit faster @ 16:21



released April 30, 2017

Sharon Roffman, violin solo

Boston Modern Orchestra Project
Gil Rose, music director

Music by Thomas Oboe Lee

Recorded in the Fraser Studio @ WGBH
August 19, 2016
Antonio Oliart, audio engineer and editor

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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.
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