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Lees is an American composer whose greatest recognition has been in his later years in life. He achieved fame in his youth as well, winning the very first Fromm Foundation Award in 1952, and having his String Quartet No. 1 performed by the Juilliard String Quartet a couple of years later.
The Cypress String Quartet commissioned Lees' No. 5 quartet as part of a series called "Call & Response". They asked Lees to answer to the quartets of Shostakovich and Britten, and his response, composed in 2001, is one of the 101 great ensemble works (according to Chamber Music America).
The composer's voice is no less apparent in his String Quartet No. 6. The piece is quick and forceful, and leaves a lasting impression. This was also written for the Cypress, and was completed in 2005. All three works are tuneful, yet there is a vast difference in style between his first and later quartets. The Cypress String Quartet play these pieces intelligently, and with a lot of color.