Lezcano, José Manuel, (1960)



Tango Overture.  For String Orchestra. Duration: 8’30”.   Cayambis Press, 2017.

Double Concerto no. 2.  For Flute, Guitar, and String Orchestra.  Duration: 14’30”.   In Three movements.  Cayambis Press, 2017.

Recollections.  For English Horn and Guitar.  Three movements.  Cayambis Press, 2018.

 Pajaro Campana.  Paraguayan folk-song arranged for flute and guitar.  2015.

Sonatina Tropical, three-movement work for flute and guitar, approx. 12 minutes.  Charlotte, NC:  Pan Publications, 2000.  Now distributed by Alry.  Newly revised edition, 2015.

 Cuban Sketches, a suite for flute, guitar, and oboe (with alternate instruments), approx. 9 minutes.    Charlotte, NC:  Pan Publications, 1999. Now distributed by Alry.  Newly revised edition, 2015.

El Grillo.  Colombian cumbia arranged for flute & guitar, by Lezcano/Collinge-Herrera.  Alry Publications

Diarios, Suite of four movements for flute, guitar, and bassoon.  Under contract, distribution agreement with Alry, forthcoming.

Canciones de Lluvia, for soprano and guitar.  Published on-line and in hard copy by www.mundoarts.com (Barcelona, Spain, 2009).

Sonata for Viola and Guitar.  Published on-line and in hard copy by www.mundoarts.com (Barcelona, Spain, 2010).  Also available from my website.


“Colonial Guitar Treasures from Aztec and Inca Territory.” In

Soundboard (Guitar Foundation of America), Winter, 1999.


“Music and musicians, South American,” and “Music and musicians,

Caribbean.”  In the Latino Encyclopedia.  6 volumes.  Richard Chabrán and Rafel Chabrán, Editors.  New York:  Marshall Cavendish,  1996.


“Afro-Cuban Rhythmical and Metrical Elements in Selected Songs of

Alejandro Garcia Caturla and Amadeo Roldan.”   Latin American Music Review

12.2 (Fall/Winter 1991), 173-186.  (refereed journal)


Reviews of three new editions of guitar ensemble music:  A.

Konstantinowistch Liadov’s Arabeske for Guitar Orchestra, 1990; Leo



Lezcano, Jose Manuel, “Afro-Cuban Rhythmical and Metrical Elements in Selected Songs of Alejandro Garcia Caturla and Amadeo Roldan,”
Latin American Music Review 12:2 (Fall/Winter, 1991) 173-186.

Lezcano, Jose Manuel, “Colonial Guitar Treasures from Aztec and Inca Territory,” 

Lezcano, Jose Manuel, “Music and Musicians, Caribbean,”
The Latino Encyclopedia : (1996) vol. 4 pp.1089-1094.
Lezcano, Jose Manuel, “Music and Musicians, South American,”
The Latino Encyclopedia : (1996) vol. 4 pp 1100-1103.



Colors – Couleurs.  CD recording of music for cello & guitar; cello and piano.  With Rebecca Hartka, cello; Barbara Lysakowski, piano. Premiere recording of Lezcano: Sonata for Cello and Guitar (2015).  Works by Gnattali, Bandolim, Piazzolla, Debussy, & Ravel.  October, 2017.

             Crosscurrents.  CD recording of orchestral music by North and South American composers.  Premiere recording of “Tango-Overture” for String Orchestra, performed by North-South Consonance Chamber Orchestra, Max Lifchitz, conductor.  2011.

             Latin Landscapes.  CD recording, music for guitar, flute, and bassoon.  Original works by Jose Lezcano; works arranged by Jose by various composers, including Villa-Lobos, Piazzolla, Granados, and others.  Jose, guitar; with members of Ensemble Resonance of Rochester Folk Art Guild, Matthew Shubin, bassoon, and Paul Schliffer, flute.  Schadowrider Ltd, 2008.

            Remembrances/Recuerdos.  CD recording, North-South records.  Works by various composers from Cuba and the U.S.  Includes Guitar Concerto by Jose Lezcano, with composer as soloist with North-South Consonance Orchestra, Max Lifchitz, conductor.  October 2007.  Jose’s performance and the concerto, nominated for two Grammys.

Native Tongues, “Passports,” Jose Lezcano, Bonnie Insull, and guest musicians.  Music by Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Granados, Ramirez, Lezcano, and others.  Released October, 1999,  KAIROS Recordings.

Latin Images.  Jose Lezcano, solo guitar.  Music from Latin America and Spain.  Native Tongues Recordings, 2005.

Other artists who have included works by Jose Lezcano on their CDs include Maestra JoAnn Falleta (conductor, Buffalo Symphony),  cellist Rebecca Hartka, Antigoni Goni, 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, Sonata for Cello & Guitar, Cuban Sketches for trio, and Three Goya Portraits for solo guitar.

COMPOSITIONS (published and unpublished)

Cuban Sketches (1998), Suite for two flutes and guitar. 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 byAlry.

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 Alry. (Recently reviewed in Flute Talk).

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.

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).

Canciones para Alfonsina, four songs on texts of Argentine poet Alfonsina Storni, 2000.

Premiered at Keene State College, March, 2001, with soprano Laurel Browne.

Canciones para Alfonsina, three choral songs for mixed chorus and guitar.

Commissioned by Keene High School Chorus and Tom Martin, choral director, 2004. Movements: Viaje (Afro-Peruvian Lando), Dos Palabras (Trova Cubana), Dolor (Merengue Venezolano).

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.
Recording available at http://www.gmcema.com/

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.

Concerto for Guitar, Strings, Percussion, and optional folk instruments.

Premiered February 1 2004 with Jose Lezcano, soloist, and Eric Stumacher conducting the Keene Chamber Orchestra. Also in revised edition, Guitar Concerto, premiered with Lezcano, soloist, and North-South Consonance Orchestra, cond. by Max Lifshitz, New York City, June 2005.

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).  Published by Cayambis Press in version for String Orchestra (2017).


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.

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.  Published www.mundoarts.com

Jornadas, Double Concerto for Guitar, Bassoon, and Strings.  2008.  Premiered 2011 at Quito International Festival with composer as guitarist, and Matthew Shubin, bassoon.

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.  Repremiere with additional movement and cadenza, Nov. 11, 2013, with North-Consonance (NYC).

Canciones Nostalgicas, for mezzo and guitar.  First performance, July2012, with Patricia Caicedo at Barcelona Festival of Song.

Nunc Dimmitis, for mixed chorus, guitar and flute.  Dedicated to University of Akron Chorus and its director, Samuel Gordon; forthcoming New England premiere in 2017 with Dr. Sandra Howard and KSC Chamber Singers.

Canciones de Ausencia, for mezzo and guitar.  Text by Patricia Caicedo.  First performance, June 2015, with Caicedo at Barcelona Festival of Song.

Fantasia Latina for guitar and harp.  First performance, June 2, 2015, with Franziska Huhn, at Quito Music Festival, Centro del Mundo, Ecuador.

Un pájaro sin plan de vuelo: Homage a Violeta Parra.  Premiered by Alturas Duo at “First Fridays,” KSC, April 1, 2016.  Also at Connecticut Guitar Society Concert Series, Sept. 17, 2016.

Sojourners.  Double Concerto for Flute, Guitar, and String Orchestra.  Published by Cayambis Press (2017).  Premiered in Havana (2016) and in New York City (2017).

Mojito, Guitar, and String Quartet (2017).  Premiered with Portland Chamber Music Festival (Portland, ME), and Portsmouth Athaneum Series (NH), September 2017.

The Guitar and the Professorhttp://www.keene.edu/kst/2003Summer/jose.cfm

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Unpublished Compositions are available upon request. Inquire via email for pricing.  See http://www.joselezcanocomposer.webs.com for complete list of compositions available.

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