Thomas Oboe Lee
Departed Feathers Music, Inc. - BMI


Thomas Oboe Lee was born in Beijing, 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 (BA), he studied composition at the New England Conservatory of Music (MM) and Harvard University (PhD).  He has been a member of the music faculty at Boston College since 1990.

To date Mr. Lee has composed over 150 works: nine(!) symphonies, twelve concerti for various solo instruments, twelve string quartets, a 100-minute two-act chamber opera "The Inman Diaries," choral works, song cycles, and scores of chamber music. 

His music has won many awards, among them the Rome Prize Fellowship, two Guggenheim Fellowships, two National Endowment for the Arts Composers Fellowships, two Massachusetts Artists Fellowships, and First Prize at the Kennedy Center Friedheim Awards for his String Quartet No. 3 ... "child of Uranus, father of Zeus.”  

Mr. Lee has received commissions from many organizations including Amnesty International USA, the Fromm Music Foundation, the Koussevitzky Music Foundation, the Kronos Quartet, the Manhattan String Quartet, the Lydian String Quartet, the Hawthorne String Quartet, the Formosa Quartet, the Artaria Quartet, Apple Hill Chamber Players, the American Jazz Philharmonic, the Boston Landmarks Orchestra, the Civic Symphony Orchestra of Boston, the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston, the Boston Classical Orchestra, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the Omaha Symphony Orchestra, and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.

Ten of his early works originally published by Margun Music Inc. are now available at G. Schirmer Inc./Associated Music Publishers. The rest is self-published under the moniker, Departed Feathers Music - a BMI affiliate.

Compact disk recordings of his music are available on Nonesuch, Koch International Classics, Arsis Audio, MCA Classics, BMOP Sound and GM Recordings.   Mp3 and lossless downloads of his music are available @ iTunes, Amazon, bandcamp, SoundCloud, Spotify, Napster, eMusic, Rhapsody, Zune, etc.

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Daphne ... An Imaginary Ballet (2015) string orchestra: 66432
Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra (2014) trumpet solo & orchestra: 2222-4231-timp-2perc-strings
Symphony No. 9 ... My Imaginary London (2013-14) orchestra: 2222-2221-timp-perc-hp-strings
Serenade Rondo (2013) violin solo & chamber orchestra: 0200-2000-strings
Symphony No. 8 ... The City of Light (2011) chamber orchestra: 1 flute, 1 oboe, 1 English horn, 2 bassoons, 2 horns, timpani & strings
Concerto for Concert Band (2011)
Focus on Grace ... Concerto for Jazz Saxophone (2010) alto sax in Eb & orchestra: 2222-4231-perc-drum set-strings
Violin Concerto ... for Irina (2009) violin solo & orchestra: 3222-4231-timp-hp-strings
Emerald Necklace ... The Story of Frederick Law Olmsted (2009) narrator & chamber orchestra: 1111-2110-perc-strings
... bisbigliando ... (2009) harp solo & orchestra: 2222-2220-2perc-strings
Symphony No. 7 ... Roman Holidays (2008, rev. 2013) orchestra: 2222-2231-timp-2perc-strings
Piano Concerto ... Mozartiana (2007)
piano solo & orchestra: 2222-2220-timp-strings
Persephone and the Four Seasons (2006) oboe solo & orchestra: 2022-2200-2perc-hp-strings
Pluto ... Lord of the Underworld (2005) orchestra: 3333-4331-timp-2perc-hp-cel-strings
Concerto for Orchestra, opus 111 (2004)
orchestra: 3232-4331-timp-2perc-strings
Symphony No. 6 ... The Penobscot River (2004) SATB chorus & orchestra: 3222-4231-timp-2perc-hp-strings
Clarinet Concerto ... Sounds of the Islands (2003) clarinet solo & orchestra: 2222 4330-3perc-pf-strings
Brocktonian Two-Step (2003) orchestra: 2222-4331-timp-2perc-strings
Symphony No. 5 ... Utopia Parkway (2003) orchestra: 2222-4331-timp-2perc-hp-strings
Mambo!!! (2003) orchestra: 2222-2220-2perc-pf-strings
Symphony No. 4 ... War and Peace (2001) soprano solo & orchestra: 3232-4331-timp-2perc-hp-pf-strings

Flauta Carioca, opus 90 (2000) flute solo, orchestra: 2222-2221-timp-2perc-strings
Symphony No. 3 ... Portraits in Jazz (2000) orchestra: 3232-4331-timp-perc-hp-strings-jazz trio (piano-bass-drums)
Pastorale (2000
, rev. 2013) harp solo & chamber orchestra: 2222-2200-strings
Jubilatus (1999) orchestra: 3232-4331-timp-2perc-hp-strings
Forró (1998) orchestra: 2222-2200-perc-strings
Symphony No. 2 ... A Phantasmagorey Ballet (1998) orchestra: 3232-4331-timp-2perc-hp-pf-strings
Eurydice ... A Tone Poem for Cello and Orchestra (1994-95) cello solo & orchestra: picc2222-4231-timp-2perc-hp-strings
Sinfonietta, opus 60 (1994) orchestra: picc2222-2220-timp-strings
Symphony No. 1 ... Fallen Angels (1993, rev. 1995) orchestra: 2222-2211-timp-perc-hp-pf-strings
Les Adieux à Dhu ... an Adagio (1992
- pièce d'occasion) orchestra: 2222-4221-timp-hp-pf-strings
Jana ... An American Overture (1991, withdrawn
) orchestra: 3223-4231-2perc-pf-strings
*Cavatina Cavadini (1991, replaces 1984 version) concert band: picc22Eb3altbs2-4-430323-3perctimp
Concertino (1986) trumpet solo, timpani, string orchestra (65442, minimum)
*Harp Concerto (1985) harp solo, chamber orchestra: 1120-2200-2 perc-strings (66442, minimum)
Double Concerto (1983/1984) 2 pianos & chamber orchestra: 1111-1110-2 perc-strings
*Phantasia For Elvira Shatayev (1981) soprano solo & orchestra: picc212-2121-hp-pf-2perc-strings 

Vocal/Choral/Opera/Music Theater

 Alice (2015) mezzo-soprano, clarinet, violin, viola and cello      [Text by Lewis Carroll.]
H.D. (2015) soprano, piano                           [Poems by H.D., aka Hilda Doolittle]
The Pity of War (2015) baritone, piano        [Poems by Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon &
Ivor Gurney.]
Gaspara Stampa (2014) soprano, piano        [Poems by Gaspara Stampa.]
The Lord's Prayer ... A Poem by R. Buckminster Fuller (2013) soprano, piano    [Text by R. Buckminster Fuller.]
Lilacs ... A Poem by Amy Lowell (2012) soprano, piano   
[Text by Amy Lowell.]
God's Grandeur (2012) SATB chorus and chamber orchestra: flute, clarinet, 2 horns, harp & strings   
[P.D. poems by Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J.]
Mayonnaise Dressing I (2012) soprano, piano    [P.D. text from the 1896 Fannie Farmer Cook Book.]
Corso's Marriage (2011) baritone, piano    [Poem by Gregory Corso.]
O Magnum Mysterium (2011) a cappella all-male sextet    [Text: P.D.]

Vincent Millay Cycle (2010) soprano, piano    [Poems by Edna St. Vincent Millay.]
De Profundis (2010) baritone, piano    [P.D. text by Oscar Wilde.]
Part The First ... THOU mastering me God! (2010) soprano, piano    [P.D. text by Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J.]
Variations on a Mennonite Hymn (2009) 2 sopranos, violin    [Text: P.D.]
Septem Verba Christi in Cruce (2008) a cappella SATB chorus    [Text: P.D.]
Walden, opus 123 (2008) lyric tenor and octet: flute, clarinet, 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass, piano    [P.D. text by Henry David Thoreau.]
The Inman Diaries ... A Chamber Opera in Two Acts (2007) nine singers and seven instruments    [Libretto by Jesse J. Martin - based on a play by Lorenzo DeStefano.]
Oscar Wilde ... An Opera in Two Acts (Act One completed in 2005; Act Two, work in progress)  [Libretto by Paul Hodes.]
Mechthild von Magdeburg ... Minnelieder an got (2005) SATB chorus, harp & string quintet   
[P.D. texts: Mechthild von Magdeburg.]
The Flowers of Terezín (2004) children's chorus: SSA, piano   [Poems by Walt Whitman, Mary Oliver, Tony Kushner & Matsuo Basho.]
Symphony No. 6 ... The Penobscot River (2004) SATB chorus & orchestra: 3222-4231-timp-2perc-hp-strings   [Text: P.D.]
Pater Noster (2003) baritone & string quartet   [Text: P.D.]
Stabat Mater (2002) for SATB chorus and organ  [Text: P.D.]
Christmas Cantata (2001) soprano solo, SATB chorus, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, timpani, organ

        [Public Domain text from "The New Oxford Book of Carols," edited by Hugh Keyte and Andrew Parrott.]
Hancock Shaker Village (2001) mezzo-soprano and string quartet  [Songs and hymns from the Shaker Village in Hancock, MA.]
Symphony No. 4 ... War and Peace (2001) soprano, orchestra: 3232-4331-timp-2perc-hp-pf-strings  [Poems by Rupert Brook, Wilfred Owen & Ivor Gurney.]
Morning Bliss (2000) mezzo-soprano, piano.  [Poem by Peter Papesch.]

Lux Aeterna I, II, III, IV & V  ... In memoriam, Jane Marrinan, 1959-2000 (2000-02, rev. 2010) SATB chorus, a cappella  [Text: P.D.]
Summer Lilies (2000) mezzo-soprano, piano.  [Poem by Mary Oliver.]
Mass for the Holy Year 2000 (1999-2000)  four soloists, SATB chorus, organ & orchestra: 2222-2221-timp-perc-hp-strings
        [Latin text from the Ordinary of the Mass; poems by Elizabeth Kirschner, Claude McKay, Edith Stein, and Thomas Merton]
Love Songs (1998) mezzo-soprano, piano     [Poems: A. Gorges, E. Dickinson, C. Rossetti and P. Booth.]
The Ecstasy of Saint Teresa (1998) mezzo-soprano, organ     [Poem by Elizabeth Kirscher.]
Tantric Psalms (1997, rev. 1999) for mezzo-soprano and string quartet   [Text: P.D.]
Jack and the blues (1997) soprano, piano [Poems by Jack Kerouac.]
Poema de Natal (1992, rev. 1996) mezzo-soprano, Bb clarinet, trombone, piano, percussion     [Poem by Vinicius de Moraes.]
That Mountain (1991; rev. 1992) lyric baritone, flute, Bb clarinet, violin, cello, piano, percussion  [Text by Henry David Thoreau.]
I Never Saw Another Butterfly (1991) mezzo-soprano, Bb clarinet, piano     [Poems by the children interred at Terezín Concentration Camp, 1942-44.]
Hymnbook Resources Commission (1990) vocal quartet:  SATB   [Text: P.D.]
Unmasked ... a chamber opera in one act (1989-90, withdrawn): S, MS, CT/A, T, BA, BS, 1111-0000-perc-hpsd-11111  [Libretto by B. Kuehn.]
Apples ... Six "Dreams" by Richard Kenney (1987; rev. 1990) mezzo-soprano, piano     [Poems by Richard Kenney.]
The Cockscomb (1981) female voice, violin, Bb trumpet, double bass, piano, 2 percussion     [Poems by Barbara Kuehn.]
*Phantasia For Elvira Shatayev (1981) soprano, orchestra: picc212-2121-hp-pf-2perc-strings    [Poem by Adrienne Rich.]
Photograph 1920 (1978; rev. 1982) soprano, Bb clarinet/bass clarinet, violin, viola, cello     [Libretto by Gertrude Stein.]  

String Quartet

String Quartet No. 12 ... The Seasons (2010)
Jasmine Variations (2009) for the Formosa Quartet
String Quartet No. 10 ... The Berkshires (2006)
for the Hawthorne String Quartet

The New England Transcendentalists: Emerson, Hawthorne, the Alcotts & Thoreau (2003)
for the Hawthorne String Quartet
ART: arias & interludes ... Commedia dell'Arte for String Quartet (1996; rev. 1997) for the Artaria String Quartet
Seven Jazz Pieces (1990-1991) for the Lydian String Quartet
String Quartet on B-flat (1989/90; rev. 1993) for the Manhattan String Quartet
String Quartet No. 5 (1987) for the Kronos Quartet; premiered by the Boston Composers String Quartet
Morango ... Almost A Tango (1983) for the Kronos Quartet
*Third String Quartet ... child of Uranus, father of Zeus (1982) for the Kronos Quartet
Departed Feathers (1980) for the Kronos Quartet
Aperture, opus 1 (1974)  

Chamber Ensemble

Bassoon Quartet (2015) four bassoons
Requiem Octet ... In Memoriam Gunther Schuller (2015) flute, clarinet, 2 bassoons, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones
Percussion Quartet (2015) vibraphone, marimba, drum set, percussion
Piano Trio No. 3 ... Keith Jarrett (2014) violin, cello, piano
Pq2 ... (2014) piano, 2 violins, viola, cello
La Serenissima (2013) 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 horns, 2 bassoons
Clarinet Quintet, opus 155 (2013) clarinet, 2 violins, viola, cello
Piano Trio No. 2 ... Shosty-Bach Suite (2012) violin, cello, piano
Octet in D, opus 144 (2012) Bb clarinet, bassoon, horn in F, string quartet, double bass
Tangata Manu (2009) piano, string quartet, double bass, percussion
Piano Quintet (2008) 2 violins, viola, cello, piano
Seven Steps to Heaven (2002) 2 violins, 2 violas, 2 cellos & double bass 
I've Got the Munchies (2001, rev. 2004) violin. viola, bass clar. in Bb, vibraphone
Septet, opus 77 ... "Variations on a Shaker tune" (1998) flute, Bb clarinet, F Horn, violin, viola, cello, double bass
Yo Picasso (1997) Bb clarinet, viola, cello, piano
La Chimera Fantastica (1995, rev. 1996) violin, viola, cello
Piano Trio No. 1 (1994, rev. 2000) violin, cello, piano
Four In One + 3 (1992
- pièce d'occasion) flute, oboe, cello, trap set
Studio 54 (1992) flute, Bb clarinet, violin, cello, piano
Santa Cecilia ... a Horn Trio (1990, replaces 1986 version - withdrawn) violin, F horn, marimba
numina V ... a Williams fanfare (1988
- pièce d'occasion) 2 oboes, english horn in F, 2 bassoons
Piano Quintet ... Apple Strudel (1988) violin, viola, cello, contrabass, piano
Chôrinhos, opus 38 (1987) flute, oboe, Bb clarinet, violin, cello, piano, percussion
Harp Trio (1986, withdrawn) flute, cello, harp
Piano Sextet (1985) flute, oboe, Bb clarinet, bassoon, horn, piano
Six At The Top Means... (1985) 3 saxophones, 3 trumpets, 2 trombones, piano, double bass, drums, percussion
String Trio (1985) violin, viola, cello
Louie MCMLV (1985
- pièce d'occasion
) saxophone quartet
Waltzes, opus 26 (1984, rev. 1994) flute, oboe, Bb clarinet, F horn, bassoon
Saxxologie ... A Sextet (1984) 6 saxophones:  2 soprano, 1 alto, 2 tenor, 1 baritone
*Hylidae ... The Tree Frogs (1984) violin, double bass, piano
*Double "L" Triptych, opus 22 (1983) oboe solo, 4 violins, 2 violas, 2 cellos, 1 double bass
*The Gainsborough Five (1983) 2 trumpets, F horn, trombone, tuba
*Octopus Wrecks (1979/1981) 2 trumpets, F horn, trombone, tuba, 3 double basses
Piece For Viola (1976) saxophone quartet
*The Mad Frog (1974) oboe, Bb bass clarinet, harp


Grand Duo, opus 151 (2012) violin, piano
Toccata for Double Bass and Piano (2012)
Chorões Brasileiros, opus 120 (2007) alto saxophone in Eb, piano
Waltzes, opus 101 (2002) flute/alto flute, harp

Voilà!!! ... Seven movements for two violas  (2001) or violin and viola
He Loves And She Loves ... G. & I. Gershwin (1999) arr. for two pianos  
Eight Tarot Cards for Madam Rubio (1997, arr. by Nancy Zeltsman) two marimbas

The Visconti-Sforza Tarot Cards ... Twenty-two salon pieces for two pianos, opus 66 (1996)
Cançôes e sambinhas (1996) cello, piano
Tunesmith ... An American Beauty Pageant (1993) violin, piano
Dark Angels (1990; rev. 1994) viola, cello
Marimolintoo (1989/90) violin, marimba
*Marimolin (1986) violin, marimba
White Pond ... Concord, Mass. (1982) oboe, piano
The MacGuffin (1982) Bb soprano/Eb alto sax, percussion
Currie Cabot (1980) viola, piano
Tennessee Sourmash (1976) cello, piano
The Sensuous Gargoyle (1975) violin, piano


Lullaby for Elizabeth (2015) solo piano
Suite for Solo Cello ... for JMS (2014)
Anne Dhu ... in memoriam (2012) solo piano
Partita for Solo Violin ... for Irina (2011)
Tokuno Toccata (2010) piano solo
Prelúdios ... Comidas Típicas Brasileiras (2005) solo marimba

Chorale-Fantasy, opus 97a (2003) organ solo
Shepherd, Show Me How To Go (2003) organ solo

Twenty-nine Fireflies, Book V, Four Pieces [xxvi-xxix] ... For Sally Pinkas and Evan Hirsch (2002) solo piano
Fireflies, Book IV, Seven Pieces [xix-xxv] ... For Ya-fei Chuang (2002) solo piano
Fantasia for solo organ (2001)
Toccata, Adagio & Fugue (2001) organ solo

Twenty-nine Fireflies, Book III, Seven Pieces [xii-xviii] ... For Robert Levin (1998, rev. 2000) solo piano
Trinca de Chôros (1996 - pièce d'occasion) Bb clarinet solo in three movements
Chôros, opus 61 (1994-95) violin or viola solo

numina I ...  (1988; rev. 1994) solo trumpet
Twenty-nine Fireflies, Book II, Seven Pieces [v-xi] ... For Kathryn Gleason (1982 - 1986) solo piano
After A Lecture By John Cage (1978) solo piano
Libelle ... "dragonfly" (1977, withdrawn) solo harp
Fireflies, Book I, Four Pieces [i-iv] ... For Julie Cavadini (1977) solo piano

Music for children or young adult performers:

Trio for Becky's 16th (2014
- pièce d'occasion) flute, clarinet, bassoon
Canon for the Underbelly (2013
- pièce d'occasion) bassoon, double bass
Two-part Invention for Becky's 14th (2012 - pièce d'occasion) violin, bassoon
A Double Bassoon Fantasy (2011
- pièce d'occasion) 2 bassoons
Becky's Bassoon (2010 - pièce d'occasion) bassoon solo
Bellaboola, opus 108 (2004
- pièce d'occasion) trumpet solo in Bb
Berkshire Country Day School Fugue (1999 - pièce d'occasion) string quartet
Waltzin' Isabella (1999
- pièce d'occasion) Bb trumpet, piano
Children's Suite, opus 81 (1999
- pièce d'occasion) violin, cello, piano; or violin, Bb clarinet, piano
Castor & Pollux (1993, rev. 1996
- pièce d'occasion) flute, oboe, Bb clarinet, piano
numina II ... for Sarah (1989/90
- pièce d'occasion) two recorders or flutes 

* Early works originally published by Margun Music Inc., now assigned to G. Schirmer Inc./Associated Music Publishers.
All other titles available through Departed Feathers Music, Inc.