Friday, December 25, 2009

Ulysses Kay's 'Everett Suite' in University of North Texas Libraries Digital Collections

[Ulysses Kay: Works for Chamber Orchestra; Metropolitan Philharmonic Orchestra; Kevin Scott, Conductor; Troy 961 (2007)]

A 2002 doctoral thesis written by Christopher J. Gassler for the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts includes discussion of the “Everett Suite” for bass trombone of Ulysses S. Kay (1917-1995) and is now available in the University of North Texas Libraries Digital Collections,

“The contributions of Thomas G. Everett to bass trombone repertoire, literature, and research

Date: 2002-08
Creator: Gassler, Christopher J.
Description: Thomas G. Everett's activities as a catalyst for bass trombone repertoire and scholarship are significant in the development of further research in the field, and in the development of new performance repertoire. An examination of Everett's life and musical influences precedes the detailing of his pursuits of new solo/chamber music for the bass trombone. A discussion of Everett's efforts in obtaining new performance repertoire by means of commission or request is followed by an examination of four pieces composed for Everett. The four pieces profiled are Sonata Breve by Walter Hartley, Prelude, Fugue, and Big Apple by Walter Ross, Everett Suite by Ulysses Kay, and 100 Bars for Tom Everett by András Szöllösy. Three of these four pieces, the Hartley, Ross, and Kay selections, are the repertoire for the performance recital portion of this research.”

Ulysses Simpson Kay, Jr. was an African American composer, conductor and professor who was born on January 7, 1917 in Tucson, Arizona. He died in Englewood, New Jersey on May 20, 1995. Prof. Dominique-René de Lerma of Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin has generously made his research entry on Kay available to, where his complete Works List for the composer can be found. [Full Biography]

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