About Thomas Daniel Schlee

“In my experience, Schlee’s music makes people happy; it does not cry out for attention, but invites the heart and the mind to discover qualities that remain emblazoned in the memory. The eloquent imagery and compositional density, the intellectual rigor and spirituality of his music place him close to Bruckner and especially to Messiaen, who taught Schlee in his later years. And it may be that future generations will see Messiaen’s legacy, not so much in those composers who profited early but only partially from his technical innovations, but rather in Schlee, who grasped Messiaen’s ideational universe in its totality because it was alreadyconsistent with his own. It was precisely this that led him to find his own distinctive and individual language.”

     Heinz-Albert Heindrichs, 2003