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SQ17 .​.​. Hommage à Villa​-​Lobos (2022)

by Thomas Oboe Lee

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I have been a fan of the music by Heitor Villa-Lobos since my teenage years in São Paulo, Brazil, 1959-66. It was there when I first first heard his Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5, with soprano solo and eight cellos. That music will forever haunt me.

I then recently discovered through a CD box set recorded by the Cuarteto Latinoamericano that Villa-Lobos wrote 17 string quartets. I guess he wanted to beat the number of string quartets that Beethoven wrote which is 16.

So this being my 17th string quartet I wanted to pay homage to Villa-Lobos and dedicate this work to him, in memoriam.

I took his first string quartet as a model, in terms of the titles he gave to the movements of that work.

I. Cantilena … Andante
II. Brincadeira … Allegretto scherzando
III. Canto lírico … Moderato
IV. Cançoneta … Andantino quasi allegretto
V. Saltando como um Saci … Presto
VI. Melancolia … Lento, Andante

NB: the titles of the movements for the rest of his string quartets (nos. 2 to 17) have the same usual standard "classical" four-movement designations of allegro, adagio, scherzo, etc.


released March 16, 2023

Isabelle Durrenberger, violin
Boxianzi Ling, violin
Santiago Vazquez Loredo, viola
Deok Yong Kim, cello

Recorded in the Eben Jordan Studio @ NEC
January 18, 2023
Eric Engler, audio engineer and editor

Music by Thomas Oboe Lee

Album artwork by Adina Plugaru, Venice, Italy


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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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