About Jose's works
Jose’s works have been performed by leading virtuosi worldwide and professional orchestras, and are available through publishers (Alry, MundoArts, Cayambis) and if unpublished, directly from him. His works pay homage to folk and popular traditions of Latin America and the U.S. while utilizing a modern harmonic language that owes much to jazz and classical composers like Bartok and Hindemith. Several colleagues and musicians have commented on the lyricism and haunting melodies of the slow movements, and on the rhythmic vitality of the faster movements. Performers enjoy the technical and musical challenges involved in presenting Jose’s music. Jose has received commissions from Meet the Composer New England (a guitar orchestra work with narrator for the Boston Guitar Society), the Rochester Folk Art Guild and New York State Music Fund (for his chamber trio, "Diarios."), and from the Duo Amaral (for the "Key West Suite," composed during his 2013 Artist Residency at the Studios of Key West, and available on their CD, "Key West."). He has also written a Viola Concerto for virtuoso Brett Deubner and his Viola/Guitar Sonata as recorded by the Duo Alturas has received thousands of hits on youtube.
Among the distinguished artists who have included works by Jose Lezcano on their CDs: Maestra JoAnn Falleta (conductor, Buffalo Symphony), Antigoni Goni, Laura Gilbert, William Feasley, Melinda Toth, Aaron-Birkner Duo, Trio Fuoco, and Joseph Pecoraro. They include Lezcano's Sonatina Tropical for flute and guitar, Sonata for oboe and guitar, Cuban Sketches for trio, and Three Goya Portraits for solo guitar.
COMPOSITIONS (published and unpublished)
Cuban Sketches (1998), Suite for Guitar, Flute, and Bassoon (optional second flute or oboe/english horn), with optional bass and latin percussion. Three movements: Guaracha Nevada, Bolero, Miami Merengue. Premiered at Keene State College, May 1998. Since then, performed at Mitad del Mundo Festival (Quito, Ecuador, June 1998), at Chengdu Conservatory of Music, People’s Republic of China (July 1998), and at Valparaiso University, Indiana (January, 1999). Published by Pan Publication, Charlotte, NC (1-800-USEMUSIC) Published by Alry.
Sonatina Tropical for guitar and flute (1999), in three movements (En Clave de Son, Cancion de Madrugada, Samba-Finale). Performances in Quito (premiere), Dartmouth, Memphis, and Keene. Published by Pan Publication, Charlotte, NC (1-800-USEMUSIC) Recently reviewed in Flute Talk. Published by Alry. www.alrypublications.com
Poemas Concertantes, for guitar, flute, and string orchestra (1999), in three movements (Ilusion, Cancion, Furioso). Premiered in Quito with National Symphony of Ecuador (June, 1999); performed again at Apple Hill Chamber Festival with Arden Quartet (July, 1999) and in Loja, Ecuador, with Sinfonica de Loja (August 1999). Newer version, with orchestra of strings and winds, premiered in February, 2000, with Keene Chamber Orchestra. Performed June 2005 with the Orquesta Sinfonica del Peru, Gerald Elias, conducting; Cesar Vivanco, flute soloist, and the composer as guitar soloist.
Postcards, for flute, guitar, and bassoon, (2000), in three movements (Entre dos mundos, Una tarde de agosto, Mambo jambo). Premiered at Apple Hill Chamber Music summer festival, June 11, 2000. Previous version, for bassoon and piano, premiered at Keene State College, April 18, 2000. Performed in saxophone version, KSC Faculty Composer’s concert, Feb. 13 2002.
Sonata for oboe and guitar (October 2000), commissioned by the D’Amore Duo of Baltimore, Md. In three movements: Allegretto Movido, Adagio, and Tango-Fuga (“A la tristeza de Buenos Aires”). Performed on tour in D.C. area by the D’Amore Duo. Also performed by myself in version for flute and guitar (Quito, Mitad del Mundo Festival, June 2001), oboe and guitar (Nashua Public Library, Summer 2001), bassoon and guitar (Apple Hill Chamber Music Festival, Nelson, NH, Summer 2002). Most recent version for viola and guitar, performed in New Jersey by Brett Deubner and Christoper Kenniff of Kean University (September 2004), also by Alturas Duo at Simsbury Chamber Music Festival, Conn. (May 2006). Published by
Canciones para Alfonsina, four songs on texts of Argentine poet Alfonsina Storni, 2000. Premiered at Keene State College, March, 2001, with soprano Laurel Browne. Three of these revised for mixed chorus and guitar solo on commission from Keene High School Chorus and Music Department, premiered May 2005, also performed with Keene State College Chorus, April 2005.
Four Impromptus for Violin and Cello. Commissioned by New Hampshire Music Teacher’s Association as part of 2002 NH Composer of the Year award. Premiered at NHMTA convention, Concord, NH, Sept. 14, 2002, with Placek/Blaskova duo.
Three Goya Portraits for guitar solo (2002). Currently being performed on tours by Prof. William Feasley of the University of Maryland. Movements: Royal Family, Antonia Zarate, & the Blind Guitarist. Also performed by Lezcano at Second Interamerican Guitar Seminar and Festival, Ibague, Colombia, April 2006. Recorded by guitarist Joseph Pecoraro on his CD, "American Perennials."
Guitar Concerto no. 1
(originally Concerto for Guitar, Strings, Percussion, and optional Andean folk instruments). Premiered February 1 2004 with Jose Lezcano, soloist, and Eric Stumacher conducting the Keene Chamber Orchestra. April 2005 performances in Colombia for Conservatory of Ibague and University of Tolima; S.A. premiere of Lezcano Guitar Concerto with Conservatory Orchestra. Revised for June 14 2005 New York performance with North-South Consonance as Concerto for Guitar, Strings, Winds, and Percussion. Also performances with Orquesta Sinfonica Juvenil del Conservatorio Escuela Superior de Musica (Quito Ecuador), June 2005; and with Orquesta Sinfonica del Peru, Lima, September 2008.
Tango Overture for Chamber Orchestra (2006). Scored for winds (1,1,1,1,) Bb trumpet, F Horn, Strings, Piano, Timpani ad Percussion. Oct. 15 2006 World Premiere with Keene Chamber Orchestra. Performances with Orquesta Sinfonica de Loja, Ecuador (2007 season).
Tango Overture for String Orchestra or String Quartet (2006). March, 2007 premiere with Keene State College Faculty Quartet. Performances with North-South Consonance, Max Lifchitz conducting, New York City, May 2008. Recorded by North-South in January 2010 for forthcoming CD release, October 2010. Performed in January 2010 by Orquesta de Camera de Quito, Casa de la Musica, Gustavo Lovato conducting. Published by Cayambis.
Viola Concerto. Commissioned by the NHMTA, for winning their 2007 NH Commissioned Composer Contest. Also won Honorable Mention at the National level of MTNA. Premiered by virtuoso solois and New Jersey Philharmonic principal Brett Deubner, with the Astoria Symphony, conducted by Silas Huff, at Laguardia Performing Arts Center (Queens, NY) and in Manhattan, March 2008. Scored for solo viola, strings, and percussion; three movements, 14'.
Diarios, Suite for flute, guitar, and bassoon (or viola replacing bassoon). Commissioned by Rochester Folk Art Guild, and New York State Music Fund with Rockefeller Philanthropy Associates. Premiered 2008 in New York State with RFAG, and recorded on CD, "Latin Landscapes." Four movements, 18'.
Canciones de Lluvia. Three songs on poetry of Chilean Poet Jorge Nef. Premiered July, 2009, at the Barcelona Festival of Song, Spain, with festival organizer Patricia Caicedo, soprano. Publishedwww.mundoarts.com
Jornadas, Double Concerto for Guitar, Bassoon, and Strings. 2008. Premiered June 2012 with Matthew Shubin, bassoon; Jose Lezcano, guitar; and Luciano Carrera conducting the Festival Orchestra at the Festival Internacional en el Centro del Mundo, Quito, Ecuador.
So the Poet will Heard; Homage to Victor Jara. For Guitar Orchestra and Narrator. Commissioned by Boston Guitar Society and Meet the Composer New England for Festival 21, premiere April 2010.
Guitar Concerto no. 2, “Concierto Cubanero.” 2010. World premiere was May 22, 2011 with North-South Consonance, New York City. Latin American premiere was June, 2011, with Orquesta Sinfonica Juvenil, Quito, Ecuador, and Patricio Aizaga conducting. Re-premiered with newly completed third movement, November 2013, with Max Lifchitz conducting North-South Consonance and the composer as soloist, for New York City's Hispanic Heritage Week Celebration.
Canciones Nostalgicas, for soprano and guitar. First performance, July 2012, with Patricia Caicedo at Barcelona Festival of Song.
Canciones de Ausencia, for soprano and guitar. Text by Patricia Caicedo. Premiered with Patricia at 2015 Barcelona Festival of Song.
Tres Piezas Cubanas. Suite of three pieces, "Un Mojito y Habano; Bolero Manaba; Homenaje a un Cubanazo," Premiered at Spanish Rhapsody Concert at Unity of the Keys, in Key West, January 2012. Also recorded by William Feaseley on his 2014 CD, "Panamerica."
Two Canticles: Nunc Dimmitis & Canto de Maria, for mixed chorus, guitars and solo flute. Dedicated to University of Akron Chorus and its director. Premiered at Keene State College by KSC Chamber Singers
Key West Suite (2013). Fo &r two guitars. Movements: Seven-Mile Bridge; Bolero del Artadecer; Duval Street Stomp. Commissioned by Duo Amaral and premiered in 2014.
Flauta, Mojito, Habano, y Guitarra. Premiered by Gustavo Lovato, flute and Jose Lezcano, guitar, at la Casa de la Musica, Quito, Ecuador, January 2014.
Mojito, Guitarra, Flauta, Habano, y Cuerdas, For solo guitar, solo flute, violin, viola, and bass (or cello). Premiered July 2014 by Karrie Griffith, flute and Miguel Bonachea, guitar, with other members of Music in Miami, at Trinity Cathedral.
Mojito, Guitar, and String Quartet. Premiered with Portland Chamber Music Festival (ME) and Portland Athaneum Series (NH), September 2017.
From the Garden to the Staircase. For Flute and String Quartet. Premiere, forthcoming, September 23, 2018, at KSC Faculty Concert.
Recollections for Guitar & English Horn. Suite in three movements: El Rosal, Acida Lenta, and Zamba y Fugato. 2018. Forthcoming from Cayambis Press, 2018.