Bio

Florida native Edward Lein (b. 1955 in Fort Piece) completed his bachelor's degree in music at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton (major professors: Richard Wright, voice/Mary Sue Barnes, music theory), and holds Master's degrees in both Music Theory (John Boda) and Library Science (Doris Clack) from The Florida State University in Tallahassee. 


As a tenor soloist he appeared in recitals, oratorios and dramatic works throughout his home state. Recital repertoire included song cycles by Beethoven (An die ferne Geliebte), Schumann (Dichterliebe), Ravel (Mélodies populaires grecques), Barber (Hermit Songs) and Tippet (Songs for Ariel), and oratorio solo engagements included Handel's Messiah, Mendelssohn's Elijah, Saint-Saëns' Christmas Oratorio, and Respighi's Laud to the Nativity.  In addition to productions of The Pirates of Penzance (as "Frederic") and Amahl and the Night Visitors (as "King Kaspar"), dramatic highlights include "1st Rock Singer" in the Florida premiere of Bernstein's Mass, and "Prince Yamadori" in Puccini's Madama Butterfly at the International Music Festival in Miami, Florida.  


Drawing on his performance experience the majority of his early compositions are vocal works, including his first substantive work, Missa pro defunctis (1991),  premiered in Jacksonville, Florida by the Riverside Presbyterian Chancel Choir and members of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. Ed was a finalist in the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra's 2006 Fresh Ink composition contest, and following performances of orchestral pieces by the Symphony (Meditation for cello, oboe and orchestra, June 2006, and, In the Bleak Midwinter, December 2007), his instrumental catalog has grown largely due to requests from Symphony players for new pieces.  


[Free digital copies of printed scores are available in pdf format, on the SCORES web page; request parts via e-mail from edward_lein@hotmail.com. Download codes for recordings are on the FREE-MP3s web page.]


Ed's translations of songs and song cycles are frequently published in music program guides in North America and Great Britain, ranging from student recitals to concerts by major orchestras, including Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and the Utah Symphony. He also contributes articles to the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra's Encore magazine. 


Ed was Music Librarian for the City of Jacksonville, Florida from June 1986 until retiring from full-time employment in July 2014. From February 2006 he has produced the Music @ Main concerts held at Jacksonville's Main Library, continuing after retirement as part-time concert coordinator.  The concerts, featuring prominent musicians from throughout Florida and Georgia as well as national and international guest artists, have been the best-attended series of adult programs in the history of Jacksonville Public Library. 

For more information on the Library concerts, visit jplmusic.blogspot.com.

For an article about music programs at Jacksonville Public Library, see Florida Libraries, Spring 2012 (p. 4) 

For Ed's 2014 interview in Library Journal about producing the concerts, visit reviews.libraryjournal.com.

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Lein: Sunday Morning: Traditional Communion Service music, arranged for Orchestra
Lein: Fanfare for Oboe and Viola
Lein: Sonatina for Cello and Piano
Lein: September for Clarinet and Piano
Lein: Piano Trio. 3. Dark Eyes
Lein: Duo for Bassoons
Lein: Sonatina for Violin and Piano
Lein: Bartok's Ghost, for unaccompanied Violin
Lein: In the Bleak Midwinter, arranged for Flute and Harp
Lein: Suite for Violin and Cello "Un Dulcito"
Lein: Suite for Violin and Cello "Un Dulcito"
Lein: In the Bleak Midwinter: for Orchestra
Lein: Symphony no 1 "Divertimento"
Lein: Un Dulcito: "A Little Sweet" for String Orchestra
Lein: For Matthew: Lament & Prayer, for Orchestra
Lein: Symphony no 2 "Lux aeterna"
Lein: Good Shepherd Suite: Hymns from "Sunday Morning"
Lein: Sunday Morning: Overture on Original Hymn Tunes
Lein: Sad Minuet (in Olden Style): in memory of Edward Koehler
Lein: Missa pro defunctis
Lein: O Come, Let Us Sing
Lein: Sunday Morning: Traditional Communion Service music
Lein: Song of Simeon (Nunc dimittis)
Lein: O Saving Victim
Lein: For Matthew: Lament & Prayer, in Memory of Matthew Shepard
Lein: Astronomy (Song for Maureen)
Lein: Missa Cantata, arranged for Orchestra
Lein: Shores of Shadow
Lein: Steal Away, arranged for Oboe and Piano
Lein: I Wonder as I Wander, arranged for Oboe and Irish Harp
Lein: The Lord is my Shepherd, arranged for Oboe and Piano
Lein: The Prayer, arranged for Oboe with Violin and Piano
Lein: For Matthew: Lament & Prayer, in Memory of Matthew Shepard
Lein: Pie Jesu, arranged for Oboe with Violin and Piano
Lein: Summer Wind, arranged for Viola and Piano
Lein: September, arranged for Viola and Piano
Lein: In the Bleak Midwinter
Lein: Sonatina for Cello and Piano
Lein: In the Bleak Midwinter
Lein: Sad Minuet (in Olden Style): in memory of Edward Koehler
Lein: September, for Trumpet and Piano
Lein: I Meant To Do My Work Today
Lein: Symphony no 1 "Divertimento"
Lein: Symphony no 1 "Divertimento"
Lein: I Meant To Do My Work Today
Lein: Summer Wind
Lein: September
Lein: In the Bleak Midwinter
Lein: Piano Trio
Lein: Piano Trio. 2. Minuet
Lein: Piano Trio. 3. Dark Eyes
Lein: Piano Trio
Lein: Sonatina for Violin and Piano
Lein: Dark Eyes (Cello and Piano)
Yradier: El Arreglito
Turina: Poema en forma de canciones, Op. 19
Granados: Songs (12) for Voice and Piano, H 136 "Tonadillas al estilo antiguo"
Moreno Torroba: Luisa Fernanda
Lein: The Prayer (Oboe, Viola and Piano)
Lein: The Prayer (Oboe, Viola and Piano)
Lein: Calendar Songs
Lein: Piano Trio
Lein: I Meant To Do My Work Today
Lein: In the Bleak Midwinter
Lein: Piano Trio. 3. Dark Eyes
Lein: Fanfare for Clarinet Choir
Lein: Soupçon Serenade. Andante con moto


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