Margaret Fairlie-Kennedy

Biography

Atlanta-born Margaret Fairlie-Kennedy (1925-2013) was commissioned
by many contemporary dance companies and chamber groups, and worked with
noted choreographers Takehiro Ueyama in New York, Bill Bayles at Bennington
College, and Peggy Lawler at Cornell. Her music extends the usual sonorities of
the instruments and has a strong rhythmic drive at its core.

She composed works for voice, orchestra, and mixed media. She was Composer in Residence for Dance and Theater Arts at Bennington College and Cornell University. Awards and Grants include the NEA and NEH Endowments, the Georgia Commission on the Arts, Meet the Composer grants ,and the Cornell Council for Creative and Performing Arts. She was a winner in the Philadelphia Classical Symphony/Maxfield Parrish and Women Composers' Showcase, New Jersey City University, competitions, with her work Desert Echoes.

Commissions included the Walker Art Center, Cornell Theater Arts Dept., several choreographers and commissions for 20th and 21st century works. Performances included the Alabama Symphony. Atlanta String Quartet and Relache Ensemble; venues at Eastman School of music, Carnegie Weill Recital Hall, the Bowling Green College of Musical Arts Festival,''05, and abroad in Paris, Upsala and Beijing. Her music isĀ  published by ACA, the SCI Journal of Music Scores, and EC Schirmer Publishing. CD recordings are available on Capstone and Euterpe labels. Fairlie-Kennedy was a member of ACA, SCI, AMC, IAWM, NYCC and BMI.

Reviewers have commented: "Expressive use of a 12 tone row...eloquence and energy... atmospheric and dreamy" N.Y. Times. "extended the usual sonorities of the instruments... its emotional focus was strong and the expressive range of the instruments spoke well for the composer's gift." Philadelphia Inquirer; "Mr. Ueyama's opening dance was set to urgent and atmospheric music by Margaret Fairlie-Kennedy" N.Y. Times Dance Review. '05.

ACE Publications

15 song(s)
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Instrumentflute (dbl picc), alto flute, Flute (dbl alto fl), clarinet, clar(dbl bscl), bass clarinet, piano, Percussion, Percussion and Keyboards, violin, cello
Ensemble Typeduo or ensemble+ keyboard, mixed instrumental ens 6 to 15 players
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fairliekennedydesert_echoes_excerpt.mp3
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Instrumentpiano
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FairlieKennedy4images.mp3
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InstrumentSoprano, Mezzo-Soprano, flute (dbl picc), piano, violin
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InstrumentTenor, piano
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InstrumentTenor, piano, Percussion
Ensemble Typesolo voice(s)+2 to 6 instruments
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InstrumentTenor, piano, violin, cello
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Instrumentpiccolo, flute (dbl picc), alto flute, oboe, English horn, clarinet, Percussion and Keyboards, violin, cello, tape (audio) fixed media
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Instrumentflute, piano
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InstrumentFlute (dbl alto fl)
Ensemble Typesolo instrumental (non-keyboard)
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$8.15
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Instrumentflute (dbl picc), clarinet, piano, Percussion and Keyboards, violin, cello
Ensemble Typemixed instrumental ens 6 to 15 players
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FairlieKennedySummerSulstice.mp3
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Instrumentpiccolo, flute (dbl picc), marimba
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Instrumentclarinet, piano, violin
Ensemble Typeinstrumental trio
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Instrumentpiano, violin
Ensemble Typesolo inst+keyboard, duo inst or voices
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Instrumentflute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, French horn
Ensemble Typeinstrumental quintet, woodwind quintet
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FairlieKennedyWWQ3.mp3
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Instrumentflute (dbl picc), piano
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Additional Works