Robert Kelly

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Robert Kelly was born September 26, 1916, at Clarksburg, WV. He studied violin at an early age and later majored in violin at the Juilliard School of Music under Samuel Gardner. He studied composition with Rosario Scalero at The Curtis Institute of Music where he received his Bachelor of Music Degree in Composition. Much later he continued studies with Herbert Elwell at the Eastman School of Music where he received his Master of Music Degree in Composition.

From 1946-76 he was Professor of Composition and Theory at the University of Illinois School of Music, Urbana, Illinois. Many of his compositions were composed and performed in this period. Notable ones were: MINIATURE SYMPHONY (Symphony No. 1) premiered by the Austin Symphony, Ezra Rachlin, conductor, and later with Rafael Kubelik conducting this MINIATURE SYMPHONY on one of the University of Illinois Contemporary Arts Festivals. Later there was a memorable performance of the MINIATURE SYMPHONY by the Cleveland Orchestra, George Szell conducting. Kelly's SYMPHONY NO. 2 was premiered in Tokyo, Japan by the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Akeo Watanabe conducting. The EMANCIPATION SYMPHONY (Symphony No. 3) was premiered in Washington DC by the National Symphony in 1963, the 100th Anniversary Year of the Emancipation Proclamation. WALDEN POND, an Environmental Cantata for Mixed Choir, Percussion Ensemble, Flute, Soprano, and Narrator was premiered by the University of Illinois Concert Choir and Percussion Ensemble conducted by Harold Decker.

1) Kelly was appointed Associate Member of the University of Illinois Center for Advanced Study in 1963-65 with a grant to compose an opera, THE WHITE GODS, The Aztec Viewpoint of the Conquest of Mexico; 2) guest composer of the New York City Composers Forum in 1957 with the Walden String Quartet of the University of Illinois performing STRING QUARTET NO. 2, and Robert Swenson, cello, and Stanley Fletcher, piano performing SONATA No. 1 for Cello and Piano. 3) commissions by the University of Illinois were SYMPHONY NO. 2, and EMANCIPATION SYMPHONY; 4) National Endowment for the Arts commissions were - CONCERTO FOR VIOLIN AND ORCHESTRA, and CONCERTO FOR VIOLA AND ORCHESTRA.

SYMPHONY NO. 2, Japan Philharmonic, Akeo Watanabe conductor, by Composers Recordings, Inc. "Sunset Reflections" from ADIRONDACK SUITE, OP.1 with Leopold Stokowski and the NBC Symphony by RCA recordings (recently released on CD). SONATA FOR OBOE AND HARP, by Joseph Robinson, principal oboe of the New York Philharmonic, and Deborah Hoffman, harp, on CRS8424. Soon to be released - SONATA FOR OBOE AND HARP on a CD with James Gorton, principal oboe, and Gretchen Van Hoesen, principal harp, both of the Pittsburgh Symphony.

Publishers of Kelly's music are: American Composers Edition, Inc. NYC, and E.C. Schirmer of Boston. Professor Kelly retired from the University of Illinois in 1976; he has been a member of Broadcast Music, Inc. NYC, since the mid 50s.

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1 ADIRONDACK SUITE (1941)
orch:2-2-2-bcl-2,4-3-3,hp,timp,str

2 CELESTIAL TRUMPET, THE (1982)
solo tpt & brass:4-3-3-1,perc

4 CHRISTMAS POEM, Op 65 (1990)
satb,pf(or org)

5 COLLOQUY, Op 43 (1963)
cham orch:1-1-1-1,2-1-1-0,perc,str

6 CONCERTINO FOR BAND (1953)
2-2-2-2,4-4-4cor-4- 4barhn-2,timp,tamb,cel-chimes,snd blk/tri,tomtom/xyl

7 CONCERTINO, Op 54 (1977)
cham orch:2-2-2-2,2-2-0-0,perc,str

8 CONCERTO, Op 38 FOR VLN, VCL & ORCH (1960)
vln,vcl soli&orch: 2-2-2-2,0-2-2-0,timp,perc,str

10 CONCERTO, Op 51 FOR CELLO & ORCH (1974)
vcl&orch:2-2-2-2, 2-2-2-0,hp,timp,perc,str

11 CONCERTO, Op 53 FOR VIOLA & ORCH (1976)
vla solo&orch:2-2-2-2, 2-2-2-0,3perc,timp,str

12 CONCERTO, Op 57 for Vln,Vla & Orch (1980)
vln,vla soli&orch: 2-2-2-2,2hn,str

13 DIACOUSTICS, Op 48 (1970)
pf,perc ensemble

14 EMANCIPATION SYMPHONY, Op 39a
wind band:1-alfl-1-ehn- 1-bcl-1-cbsn,4-3-1-btbn-1,2perc,timp&narr

15 EMANCIPATION SYMPHONY, op 39b
orch:1-alfl-1-ehn- 1-bcl-1-cbsn,4-3-1-btbn-1,2perc,timp,narr,str

16 FANTASIA Op 62 (1984)
solo hp,alfl,ob, & str qrt(or str orch:4-4-3-3)

18 FLUCTUATIONS Op 50 (1973)
org,brass:4-4-3-1,timp,2perc

21 A HEAVENLY RHAPSODY, op 63 (1988)
solo fl,cel,hp, 2perc,str(2-1-1-1)

22 INTRODUCTION & DIALOGUE (1951)
hn,vcl,pf

23 A MINIATURE SYMPHONY (1948)
cham orch:1-1-1-1,2-1-1-0,timp,str

24 MOSAIC Op 42 (1963)
str qrt

25 O, CHILDREN OF GOD (1982)
satb

26 ORIENTAL GARDEN (1990)
vcl,pf/bamboo chimes/metal chimes/ small Chinese gong

27 PASSACAGLIA & FUGUE (1949)
ww qnt

28 PATTERNS Op 25 Cantata for Sop & Orch (1953)
orch:1-1-1-1, 1-1-1-0,perc,str

29 QUARTET NO.1 (1944)
str qrt

30 QUARTET NO.2 (1952)
str qrt

31 QUARTET NO.4 Op 61 (1982)
str qrt

32 QUINTET FOR Bb CLAR & STR QUARTET (1956)
cl,str qrt

33 RAINDROPS (1943)
pf 4-hands

34 ROUNDS FOR STRING ORCH (1947)
str orch

35 RURAL SONGS,op 58 (1980)
sop & orch:2-2-2-2, 2-0-0-0,timp,perc,str

37 SHENANDOAH VARIATIONS Op 59 (1981)
5-15vcl

38 SONATA FOR CELLO & PIANO (1958)
vcl,pf

39 SONATA FOR OBOE AND HARP (1955)
ob,hp

41 SONATA FOR VIOLIN & PIANO (1952)
vln,pf

42 SONATA NO.2 Op 64 (1988)
vcl,pf

43 SONATA, op 27A, for Violin & Piano (1983)
vln,pf(or hp)

47 A SYMPHONY OF ROSE SONNETS Op 67 (1993)
sop & bar(or sop & ten) & orch:2-2-2-2,0-2-2-2,timp,perc,pf/cel,str

48 THEME & VARIATIONS (1947)
vln,vla,pf

49 THREE EXPRESSIONS, Op 49 (1971)
vln,vcl(orvla)

50 TOCCATA FOR MARIMBA AND PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE OPUS 35 (1959)
14 percussionists
mmb; perc

52 TOD'S GAL (1950)
sop,mez,ten,contra,bar,bs & orch:1-1-1-1,1-1-1-0,timp,perc,str

53 THE TORMENT OF JOB, op 36 (1960)
tbb,narr,3tpt,3tbn,perc,pf

54 TRIPTYCH (1962)
vcl,pf

55 TUBULATIONS, Op55 (1979)
solo tb,wind band,perc

56 VARIANT, Op45 (1967)
vln,vcl,pf

58 VARIATIONS ON SHENANDOAH Op59a (1985)
str orch

59 THE WHITE GODS, an Opera in 3 Acts,op 44 (1965)
sop, msop 2ten, 2bar,b,satb chorus,dance group, 5priests & orch: 2-2-2-2,2-2-2-0,timp,2perc,pf,str

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