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MARTIN KENNEDY

MARTIN KENNEDY

Awards

Works

Recordings

Reviews


Composer and pianist Martin Kennedy received his doctorate in composition from The Juilliard School where he studied with Samuel Adler and Milton Babbitt. He holds a Bachelor's degree in both piano performance and a Master's degree in composition from Indiana University, where he studied with Don Freund, David Dzubay, Claude Baker, and Sydney Hodkinson.

Kennedy has received numerous awards including the BMI Student Composer Award, the ASCAP Foundation Rudolf Nissim Prize, five ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, the ASCAP Raymond Hubbel Award, and the Indiana University Dean's Prize in composition in both 1998 and 2002. His compositions have been featured by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the American Composers Orchestra, the Bloomington (IN) Camerata, the Symphony in C (formerly Haddonfield Symphony) (NJ), the Polish National Chamber Orchestra of Slupsk, the Shenandoah (VA) Symphony, and the Tuscaloosa Symphony among others.

An active pianist, he regularly performs with members of the Saint Louis Symphony. He has also toured with violinist Lara St. John and with flutist Thomas Robertello, with whom he recorded Souvenir: Works by Fauré and Kennedy in 1999.

Kennedy is currently Assistant Professor of Composition at Washington University in St. Louis.

For more information regarding Martin Kennedy or his works, please visit his website at www.martinkennedy.com

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Awards


2010: ASCAP Foundation Rudolf Nissim Prize

2008: Morton Gould Young Composer Award, for All Hands on Dec

2007: Commission: The Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra – Piano Concerto

2007: Morton Gould Young Composer Award (Honorable Mention), for Suite for string quartet

2006: Commission: Musica Reginae – Suite for string quartet

2005: ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award, for Oranges: 4 Pastorals

2005: Winner of Haddonfield Symphony Composer’s Competition, for Oranges: 4 Pastorals

2004: BMI Student Composer Award, for Piano Sonata

2003: Commission: Soheil Nasseri/Twentieth Century Classical - Piano Sonata

2003: Morton Gould ASCAP Young Composer Award, for A Pantry Ballet in Four Acts

2003: Participant in the American Composers Orchestra Whitaker New Music Reading Sessions

2002-: Member of the New Juilliard Ensemble

2002: Commission: Becky Cherian, Co-Principal of the Pittsburgh Symphony - Theme and Variations for Trombone and Piano

2002: Commission: Duo46 - Distractions

2002: Commission: Massachusetts Flute Choir - A Pantry Ballet in Four Acts

2002: Commission: Soheil Nasseri - Barcarolle

2002: Indiana University Dean’s Prize in Composition, for Juvenilia

2002: Morton Gould ASCAP Young Composer Award, for Four Welsh Forms

2002: Recipient of fellowship to study at the Aspen Music Festival

2000: Commission: Alan Bennett, Professor of Voice at Indiana University - The Touch of Dreams

2000: Commission: Kim Walker, Professor of Bassoon at Indiana University - Fables

2000: Morton Gould ASCAP Young Composer Award, for Three Pieces for Orchestra

1999: ASCAP Raymond Hubbel Award

1999: Commission: Howard Klug, Professor of Clarinet at Indiana University - Six Miniatures for Bass Clarinet and Piano

1998: Commission: Alabama Boychoir - The Lamb

1998: Commission: Thomas Robertello, Professor of Flute at Indiana University - Four Songs for Flute and Piano and Concerto for Flute and Orchestra

1998: Featured on CD "Music from Indiana University"

1998: Indiana University Dean’s Prize in Composition, for These Parting Gifts

1998: Morton Gould ASCAP Young Composer Award, for These Parting Gifts

1997-2002: Member of the Indiana University New Music Ensemble

1995: National Winner of the MTNA/CPP-Belwin Student Composition Competition

V.C. Starr Doctoral Fellow at the Juilliard School


Works

Chamber Ensembles and Instrumental Solos | Orchestra | Vocal and Choral




Chamber Ensembles and Instrumental Solos


A Pantry Ballet In Four Acts for Flute Choir (2002) -- 14'
6Sop. 1Alto 1Bass
Published: #114-41193
Reviews


All Hands on Dec for Ten Pianos (2007) -- 7'30"
Available from the Presser Rental Library
Premiere Information: October 28th, 2007. Various performers, conducted by Leonard Slatkin, St. Louis, MO.


Barcarolle for Piano (2002) -- 5'
Available From Composer


Basso Ostinato for Piano (2002) -- 3'
Available From Composer


Brass Quintet (2001) -- 9'
Available From Composer


Distraction for Guitar, Violin and Viola (2002) -- 6'
Available From Composer


Fables for Bassoon and Two Percussion (2000) -- 14'
Available From Composer


Five Complaints for Woodwind Quartet (1997) -- 9'
Available From Composer


Flute Concerto (Piano reduction) (20') -- 1999
1 2 2 2 - 4 2 3 1; Timp. 2Perc. Hp. Str.
Published: #114-41095


Four Songs for Flute and Piano (1998) -- 15'
Published: #114-41011
Additional Information: Sample audio clip available at www.martinkennedy.com.
Recordings
Reviews


Four Welsh Forms for Oboe, Soprano Sax., Harp, Guitar, Violin, Viola, and Contrabass (2001) -- 4'
Available From Composer


Le Sentier for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Horn, Trumpet, Harp, Piano, Violin, Viola, Violoncello, and Contrabass (1997) -- 9'
Available From Composer


Six Miniatures for Clarinet or Bass Clarinet and Piano (1999) -- 13'
Available From Composer


Sonata for Piano -- 30'
Solo Piano
Published: #110-41762
Premiere Information: 16th March, 2004. Soheil Nasseri, Piano, Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, New York.
Reviews


Souvenir for Flute and Piano (1995) -- 3'50"
Published: #114-41012
Additional Information: Transcription for Flute, String Orchestra and Harp also available.
Recordings
Reviews


Stanislas for Piano Trio (1996) -- 3'
Available From Composer


Suite for String Quartet (2006) -- 15'
Available From Composer


The Proof of Darkness for Six Violas (1997) -- 6'
Available From Composer


Theme and Variations for Trombone and Piano
Available From Composer


These Parting Gifts for Two Violins and Piano (1997) -- 11'
Available From Composer


Toccata for Piano (2001) -- 5'
Available From Composer


Trio for Flute, Violoncello, and Piano (1998) -- 6'
Published: #114-41098

Available Separately:

Set of parts (#114-41098P)
Full Score - Large (#114-41098S)



Orchestra


Concerto for Flute and Orchestra (1999) -- 16'
Available from the Presser Rental Library


Concerto for Piano and Orchestra (2008) -- 27'
Solo Piano; 3(Picc.) 3(E.H.) 3 3(Cbsn.) – 4 3 3 1; Timp. 3Perc. Str.
Available from the Presser Rental Library
Commission Information: Commissioned by the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra and the Gloria Narramore Moody Foundation.
Premiere Information: May 10th, 2008. Molly Morkoski, piano, Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Shinik Hahm; Tuscaloosa, AL

Movements:
I. Passacaglia—Adagio
II. Molto allegro e ritmico
III. Molto andante e espressivo
IV. Allegro ma non troppo

Reviews


Juvenilia for Orchestra (2001) -- 7'30"
1(Picc.) 2(E.H.) 2(B.Cl.) 2(Cbsn.) - 4 3 3 1; Perc. Cel. Hp. Str.
Available From Composer


Oranges: 12 Pastorals (2005) -- 45'
3(Picc.) 3(E.H.) 2 2 A.Sax. – 4 2 2(B.Tbn.) 0; Timp. 2Perc. Hp. Pno./Cel. Str.
Available From Composer


Souvenir for Flute and String Orchestra with Harp (2000) -- 3'50"
Available from the Presser Rental Library
Additional Information: Original version for Flute and Piano also available.
Recordings


Three Pieces for Orchestra (1999) -- 8'
2-2-2-A.Sax.-2; 2-1-2-1; Perc., Hp., Cel., Str.
Available from the Presser Rental Library
Additional Information: Sample audio clip available at www.martinkennedy.com.


Totentanz by Franz Liszt, arranged for violin and orchestra by Martin Kennedy and Lara St. John (2007) -- 16'
Solo Violin; 2(Picc.) 2 2 2 – 4 2 2 1; Timp. Perc. Str.
Reviews


Trivial Pursuits for Violin and Orchestra (2009) -- 8'
Violin solo; 3(Picc.) 3(E.H.) 3(B.Cl.) 3(Cbsn.); 4 2 3(B.Tbn.) 0; Timp. 2Perc. Hp. Cel. Str.
Available from the Presser Rental Library
Premiere Information: March 19th, 20th, 2011. Lara St. John, Violin, South Dakota Symphony conducted by Delta David Gier.
Additional Information: winner of the 2010 Nissim Prize from ASCAP



Vocal and Choral


Chamber Songs for Soprano, Harp, and String Quartet (1999) -- 7'
Available From Composer


My Beloved is Mine for Soprano and Guitar (2007) -- 3'


my eyes / your eyes for Choir, Marimba, and Vibraphone or for Choir alone (2006) -- 5'


The Lamb for Boychoir and String Trio (1998) -- 5'
Available From Composer


The Touch of Dreams for Tenor, Clarinet, and Piano (2000) -- 10'
Available From Composer


Recordings


Souvenir for Flute and String Orchestra with Harp


Centaur Records CRC 2585: Twentieth Century Works for Flute and Orchestra
Katherine DeJongh, flute, Polish National Chamber Orchestra of Slupsk (Sinfonia Baltica), Bohdan Jarmolowicz, conductor



Four Songs for Flute and Piano


RIAX Records (Classical) RICA-2005: Souvenir: Works by Fauré and Kennedy
Thomas Robertello, flute, Martin Kennedy, piano



Souvenir for Flute and Piano


RIAX Records (Classical) RICA-2005: Souvenir: Works by Fauré and Kennedy
Thomas Robertello, flute, Martin Kennedy, piano



Reviews


Concerto for Piano and Orchestra

"Martin Kennedy's Concerto for Piano and Orchestra may be new, but its buoyant sound harkens back to the bold, sophisticated popular classical American music of the 1940s and 1950s. Kennedy's piece, which debuted Sunday afternoon by the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra, has the audacity to be likeable, tuneful and utterly accessible.
The piece highlighted the final bill for the orchestra's 2007-08 season at the Concert Hall in the University of Alabama's Moody Music Building. The orchestra commissioned the work from Kennedy, an assistant professor of composition and theory at Washington University in St. Louis, in honor of Gloria Narramore Moody.
At the piano was Molly Morkoski, whose striking green gown matched the shimmering texture of the concerto she was playing. She combined with the orchestra, under the passionate baton of Shinik Hahm, to produce an invigorating sound that gave a clear, dynamic reading of the concerto. The third movement, in particular, combined emotional complexity with a sleekness that evoked the fascination and melancholy of urban life.
Morkoski and the percussion section stood out, especially in the final movement. Morkoski clearly relished performing the debut of a work that sent her hands scurrying up and down the keyboard. To me, the piece resounded with the atmosphere of America circa 1950 — jazzy, confident, sleek and grinning"

-Richard Comte, The Tuscaloosa News


Sonata for Piano

"[Stephen] Gosling was even more powerful in Martin Kennedy's extravagantly written Theme and Variations [from his Piano Sonata]. Kennedy begins with a lazy theme that quickly swells to Lisztian proportions, requiring heroic keyboard prowess. Its quiet ending, dappled with the faint sounds of an ambulance passing by outside, made Gosling's sweat and blood feel all the more tangible."

-Bruce Hodges, MusicWeb International

"The evening opened with the European premiere of an ambitious Sonata that the similarly-aged Martin Kennedy wrote specifically for [pianist Soheil] Nasseri. The Sonata is dense with a continuity of eloquence that flows naturally under Nasseri's agile, sensitive, and secure fingers."

-Pietro Misuraca, Giornale di Sicilia


Four Songs for Flute and Piano

"The unexpected in Friday's concert came courtesy of Martin Kennedy… When I say that he has accepted vibes from a variety of sources, I do not mean to suggest he lacks his own voice. No, indeed. These pieces, which effectively make the flute an equivalent of the vocalist, have been beautifully constructed by someone with a musical mind of his own... Throughout, he has given both the pianist, in this case himself, and the flutist, the remarkable agile Robertello, various sorts of challenges that, nevertheless, at all times, serve the cause of music rather than mere technical exhibition. Both composition and performance impressed."

-Peter Jacobi, Bloomington Herald Times

"[Four Songs and Souvenir] are sure to become staples of the flute repertoire."

-Flute Talk


Souvenir for Flute and Piano

"Flutist Thomas Robertello’s pairing of Souvenir by Martin Kennedy with the Fantaisie by Gabriel Fauré was heart-stoppingly beautiful. Kennedy’s sound world is so closely related to Fauré that without peeking at the program, one would think his Souvenir was one of the myriad lovely French salon pieces — no wild technique, just simple beauty — but with an enchanting, fresh touch... I later picked up and devoured a CD of works by both Kennedy and Fauré recorded by Robertello and Kennedy, the composer and pianist."

-Gayle Williams, The Longboat Observer

"Both Gabriel Fauré's Fantasie and Martin Kennedy's Souvenir provoke precisely that sensation, contrasting the elegiac flute melody with the rhythmic pulse and color of the piano. Fauré's distinctive French style seems to have been the model for Kennedy's later exploration of very similar thematic material."

-Richard Storm, Sarasota Herald-Tribune

"[Four Songs and Souvenir] are sure to become staples of the flute repertoire."

-Flute Talk


A Pantry Ballet In Four Acts for Flute Choir

"It is an extraordinary piece and should find a prominent place with our flute choir enthusiasts."

-Jeanne Baxtresser


Sonata for Piano

"…dense with a continuity of eloquence."

-Pietro Misuraca, Giornale di Sicilia


Totentanz by Franz Liszt, arranged for violin and orchestra by Martin Kennedy and Lara St. John

". . . the violinist's adaptation of Liszt's "Totentanz" is the true center of this recording. Liszt was a virtuoso's virtuoso and his compositions were for the glory of only one: himself. But when one has talent to burn, that is okay. St. John and collaborator Martin Kennedy coax all of the Lisztian pathos from the master's dance of death. In the bargain, the two identify Liszt as an integral link between the great Beethoven and Wagner—in Liszt, those two geniuses shake hands."

-C. Michael Baily, allaboutjazz.com

"[T]he real showstopper here is the gloriously unrestrained, deliriously over-the-top adaptation of Liszt's demonic Totentanz, which St. John negotiates with scintillating abandon and chutzpah, supported to the hilt by some deliciously uncoiffered playing from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra's brass section."

-Julian Haylock, The Strad

"The final piece on the record is the Totentanz, written for piano and orchestra by Liszt and published in its final version in 1865. St. John's charming note on this transcription says she worked out the violin part while Kennedy reorchestrated the piece, and the result is most successful. While it has all of Liszt's short-attention-span style of compositional organization, it also has all of his razzle-dazzle, and the result is a violin showstopper with a very muscular orchestral part. It could be a nice addition to a solo violinist's repertoire, and St. John and Kennedy should be commended for fashioning it with intelligence and taste."

-Greg Stepanich, The Palm Beach Post




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