Music

My recent music has been described as being, “madcap, lyrical, dramatic, meditative, tonal, and atonal,” some of these words being incongruous with the other. It has always been somewhat of a challenge for me to put one or two labels on what my compositions “sound like”, many times being that I try, I attempt to make the next work a “journey of it’s own”, many times focusing on techniques and “pitches” not used in my prior works. I recently had my challenging choral work Come What May commissioned/premiered by Harold Rosenbaum and the New York Virtuoso Singers, and here’s what TheatreScene thought about it: “The last piece of the evening was Come What May with music and lyrics by Michael Lee…This three-section piece was the concert’s most structurally complex work: the exceptionally technically demanding work begins with a fast dance-like movement, is centered by a rhythmically looser section, and concludes with a darker, more abstract movement that refers back to the opening speedy sophistication with intimate, lyrical hopefulness.”

Listen to Come What May below, performed by the NYVS in 2017.

Chamber Compositions

Orchestra & Large Ensemble

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Purchase

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Michael Lee’s “Farewell…” is recorded by members of the Moravian Philharmonic: Vit Muzik (vln.), Igor Kopyt (vln.), Dominika Mužíková (vla.), Petr Nouzovský (vlc.)

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Review for “Between the Echoes”:

“…tradition is gleefully thrown to the wind – such as with Lee’s stunning ‘Farewell… for String Quartet’, with its ever-shifting rhythms, timbres, and moods… It’s a wonderfully rich and diverse collection of tracks that beautifully highlight why chamber music is still very much alive and the selection here perfectly showcases the genre’s traditional and modern styles.”
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Ablaze Millenial Masters vol. 2

Ablaze Records’ “Millenial Masters, vol. 2” features Lee’s Capriccio, for violin and piano, A Voice in the Waves performed by Jiwon Evelyn Kwark (vln.) and HaEun Lee (pno.)

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Review for Ablaze records’ “Millenial Masters vol. 2”:

“…writes in a lightly dissonant, fairly tuneful American style, somewhere between neo-Romantic and neo-Classical. It should appeal to most tastes.”
MusicWeb International

 

On the Radio

His music has been broadcasted on several classical music stations, most recently his work “Amped” and “Unmasked” were heard on these radio stations:

Seattle’s Classical Radio Station 98.1 FM
USC’s Classical Radio Station 91.5 FM
New York Albany’s WAMC radio interview of Michael’s Amped for Orchestra along with other new, exciting orchestral works by young composers

YouTube Chamber Compositions


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YouTube Orchestra & Large Ensemble


More videos can be found on YouTube (michaelleecomposer)