Canções e sambinhas (1996) for cello and piano.

Thomas Oboe Lee

About this work:

Premiere performance by Andrés Díaz and Judith Gordon.

Canções e Sambinhas is the third of a triptych of compositions written for my friend, the enormously gifted cellist, Andrés Díaz. The first was Eurydice, a "tone poem" on the Orpheus myth for cello and orchestra, and the second was La Chimera Fantastica for the Díaz Trio.

Canções e Sambinhas is in four movements.

I. Canção de amor ...

II. Sambinha bachiana ...

III. Valsa lenta ...

IV. Mais uma vêz ...

Having lived in Brazil during my teen-age years, I inevitably continue to return to the wonderful music of that country for inspiration: the chôros of Ernesto Nazareth, Jacob do Bandolim, Pixinginha, and Heitor Villa-Lobos. The first movement begins with a slow, dark introduction before the "love song" emerges .... The second movement is a lively samba. As the title indicates, it is a little samba infused with Bach-like counterpoint, although a bit crazier. Villa-Lobos might find this amusing .... The third movement is a slow meditation for the cello on a passacaglia-like theme in the piano. The last movement, "Mais uma vêz" (meaning "One Mo' Time" in English), is a samba like the second movement, but it is set more homophonically, more dance-like in character ....

The work is dedicated to my wife, Kris, who is an inspiration to my life and work.

Year composed: 1996
Duration: 00:16:00
Ensemble type: Unspecified Instrument(s)
Instrumentation: 1 Piano, 1 Cello

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