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SQ18 .​.​. Hommage à Darius Milhaud (2023)

by Thomas Oboe Lee

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Lent 03:51
Funèbre 02:42
Très vif 03:28


In 2021 I dedicated SQ15 to Dmitri Shostakovich because ... he wrote fifteen string quartets. Then I dedicated SQ17 to Heitor Villa-Lobos because he wrote seventeen. What happened to SQ16? We all know that Beethoven wrote sixteen string quartets. But, I am not a fan of his work in general, and I did not find anything inspiring among his string quartets. So, instead I dedicated "SQ16 ... Música Callada" (2022) to Federico Mompou. His music I love!

In my search for a string quartet inspiration I discovered that Darius Milhaud wrote eighteen string quartets. I knew he spent a few years in Brazil as a diplomat, and I have always admired the Brazilian influences in his own music, like the twelve-movement work for solo piano, "Saudades do Brasil."

So it became obvious that SQ18 is to be dedicated in memoriam to Darius Milhaud.

SQ18 ... Hommage à Darius Milhaud (2023) is in six movements.

I. Très lent ... Vif, très rythmé - TRIO
II. Lent
III. Très animé - TRIO
IV. Funèbre
V. Très vif
VI. Très lent - TRIO


released June 1, 2023

Isabelle Durrenberger, violin
Thompson Wang, violin
Santiago Vazquez-Loredo, viola
Deok Yong Kim, cello

Recorded in the Fraser Studio @ WGBH
May 24, 2023
Antonio Oliart, audio engineer and editor

Music by Thomas Oboe Lee

© Departed Feathers Music, Inc. - BMI - 2023

Album artwork:
Edwin Marcus, cartoonist (1885-1961)
New York Times, January 14, 1923
Wikimedia Commons

YouTube link: youtu.be/8C-88iMx7Ow


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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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