Recordings

Chamber Music
8 November 2011
Lein: Fanfare for Oboe and Viola Play
Artists: Eric Olson (Oboe); Ellen Olson (Viola)
Ensemble: San Marco Chamber Music Society
Eric & Ellen Olson, performing "Fanfare," composed for the San Marco Chamber Music Society concert to benefit juvenile diabetes research, September 18, 2011.
Fanfare for Oboe and Viola Play
Lein: Sonatina for Cello and Piano Play
Artists: Hristo Birbochukov (Piano); Boyan Bonev (Cello)
Composed in 2010. The movement has been retitled 'Finale,' with the addition of two preceding movements ('Prelude' and 'Fugue') were added in 2012.
III - Finale (Bygones) Play
Lein: September for Clarinet and Piano Play
Artists: Wonkak Kim (Clarinet); Grace Eun-Hye Choi (Piano)
September (2008, dedicated to Music @ Main volunteer Betsy Ferraro) is a straightforward arrangement of a song composed on a text by American poet Carlos Wilcox (1794-1827), that begins, “The sultry summer past, September comes, Soft twilight of the slow-declining year.” The sustained lyricism of the music, essentially a waltz sandwiched between a contemplative introduction and its reprise, aims to capture the poet’s Romantic mixture of melancholy reflection and awestruck wonder, as the fading summer gives way to shorter days amid the glittering beauty of fall foliage mirrored in a mountain creek.
September, for Clarinet & Piano Play
Lein: Piano Trio. 3. Dark Eyes Play
Based on the famous Russian gypsy waltz of the same name, Dark Eyes originally was requested for a concert featuring a Russian cellist (Alexei Romanenko), a Polish violinist (Piotr Szewczyk), and a Cuban pianist (Ileana Fernandez). Tongue-in-cheek and bordering on campy, these "Variations in the Form of a Sonatina" transform the Russian tune using rhythms of the Polish polonaise and the Cuban havanaise. The sonatina form is essentially in E minor, but it is sandwiched between an Introduction and a Coda, both in A minor. The Introduction begins with the solo cello presenting a rather grandiose "theme." This is immediately repeated, but with the violin and piano enveloping it in stormy, fanfare-like flourishes. The violin takes up the sonatina's "first subject" Polonaise, perhaps more reminiscent of circus music than of a stately Polish promenade. The piano and cello provide accompaniment while alternating bits of the original tune. A transitional section presents two more variations. The first has a turning and leaping motive pitted against dotted rhythms. The second changes meter to set up the havanaise rhythm of the "second subject." Named for the Cuban capital, the Havanaise is introduced by the piano. Melodically, it is an inversion of the Dark Eyes tune, no longer in a minor mode. Where the original waltz is tightly wound, this variation opens up with exuberant leaps, rather like giddy children on a see-saw. The addition of a prominent C# -- a "raised 4th" in an otherwise mainly G-major harmonic background -- recalls the raised fourth that Dark Eyes begins with. In addition to providing an exotic, Lydian coloring to the harmony, the raised 4th enhances the leaping, light-headed feeling by never quite allowing the tonality to settle. At the beginning of the "development section" the cello takes up the Polonaise, but the violin and piano fight the cello for prominence as they hammer away with variations in 16th-note patterns. Immediately following a general pause, the Dark Eyes tune appears in the piano's bass line, while the strings saw away with tremolo double-stops. Against sustained D-minor chords, the piano takes over the Polonaise in a melodic "recap" of the first subject. Rather than re-establishing the expected E-minor tonality, this section looks forward to the Coda, serving a sub-dominant function to the A-minor tonality that begins and ends the entire piece. The return of the Havanaise tentatively re-establishes E as the key-note, and it fades into a fugal variation that begins firmly in E-minor. The Coda begins with a straight-forward presentation of the Dark Eyes waltz by the cello, while the violin sings a plaintive descant above a simple chordal background from the piano. The players conclude with a reprise of the stormy fanfare from the Introduction.
Dark Eyes: Variations in the Form of a Sonatina, for Piano Trio Play
Lein: Duo for Bassoons Play
Duo for Bassoons Play
Lein: Sonatina for Violin and Piano Play
The Sonatina was composed in the summer of 2007, at the suggestion of violinist Max Huls, who premiered the work the following June with pianist Christine Clark. As the title suggests, its direct, neoclassical style incorporates familiar formal patterns. The first movement adopts the precepts of sonata form, and the Nocturne presents a languid tune that alternates with a hymn-like chorale. The final Scherzo is an incisive transformation of the second movement theme, and its “trio” section further transforms the tune into a rather mundane parlor waltz which gains character as it progresses.
I - Allegro moderato Play
II - Nocturne Play
III - Scherzo (Finale) Play
Lein: Bartok's Ghost, for unaccompanied Violin Play
Bartok's Ghost, for unaccompanied violin Play
Lein: In the Bleak Midwinter, arranged for Flute and Harp Play
In the Bleak Midwinter, arranged for flute and harp Play
Lein: Suite for Violin and Cello "Un Dulcito" Play
I - Hoodoo (Samba) [synthesized] Play
II - Tangle (Tango) [synthesized] Play
III - La llorona (The Weeping Woman) [synthesized] Play
IV - Rumor (Rumba) [synthesized] Play
Lein: Suite for Violin and Cello "Un Dulcito" Play
I - Hoodoo [live] Play
II - Tangle [live] Play
III - La llorona [live] Play
IV - Rumor [live] Play

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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
Lein: Fanfare for Clarinet Choir
Lein: Soupçon Serenade. Andante con moto


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