Letter from a Young Poet


for violoncello and piano (2008)

Composer: Dennis Tobenski
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5 min.
May 3, 2008
Tobenski-Algera Concert Series
Bloomingdale School of Music, NYC
David Russell, cello / Stephen Olsen, piano
for David Russell
Letter from a Young Poet is a short work composed in early 2008 for cellist David Russell. The work is cast in quasi-Rondo form: the A sections act as a Theme & Variations, yet the B sections remain unchanged. The piece draws its inspiration from the early correspondence of poet/composer/author Paul Bowles, specifically a letter written in 1931 to Gertrude Stein on one of the young man’s early trips to Tangier.

Dennis Tobenski (ASCAP)

Dennis Tobenski is a composer of acoustic new music, a vocalist, and a strong advocate for new music and for the interests of living composers.

Dennis’s Only Air, a 20-minute work for high voice and orchestra memorializing the gay teenagers who have taken their own lives in recent years, was commissioned by the Illinois State University Symphony Orchestra, and has been performed in a chamber version by The Secret Opera in New York and members of the Bay Area Rainbow Symphony.

In February 2016, he and pianist Marc Peloquin released their first album together, a disc of art songs by living American composers titled And He’ll Be Mine.

Dennis also hosts the Music Publishing Podcast and The Composer’s Guide to Doing Business: two music business-centered podcasts aimed at helping composers and performers to learn more about the practical aspects of their careers.

Dennis received his B.Mus. in Vocal Performance and Music Theory & Composition from Illinois State University, and his M.A. in Music Composition from The City College of New York.

His principal teachers have included David Del Tredici, Daron Hagen, and Chester Biscardi. He is a member of the Board of Advisors for Composers Now, and the Board of Directors of the KeyedUp MusicProject. Dennis lives in New York City with his husband Darien Scott Shulman and their cat Pistachio.


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