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Edgar Stillman Kelley [1857-1944]
« on: December 19, 2020, 05:46:27 PM »
Another American composer of the "2nd New England School,"  an associate of the "Boston Six."
Studied in America before going to Stuttgart to study compostion, orchestration, piano and and organ in 1876.  Settled in San Fransisco in 1880 for six years, teaching and composing the Aladdin Suite after studying the music of the 'Chinatown' community there.  Moved to New York to teach and married Jessie Gregg, a pianist in her own right.  She promoted her husband's music and managed his performance and financial affairs.  He returned to San Fransisco in 1892, then moved back to New York for four years later and became a professor of music at Yale. Moving to Berlin in 1902 for eight years to teach, before finally settling in Ohio to teach at a women's college. Published two books, Chopin the Composer (1913) and Musical Instruments (1925) and received honorary degrees from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio (DLitt 1916) and the University of Cincinnati (LLD 1916).  Using the tools he learned from the Germans for strict construction, his music remains American and reflective of his origins in New England.  Sadly under-recorded . . . 

=incomplete works list=

Orchestral: Confluentia, op.2 no.2, str, 1882 [arr. of no.2 of 3 Pieces, pf]
 Aladdin: a Chinese Suite, op.10, 1887–93
 Symphony no.1 ‘Gulliver: his Voyage to Lilliput’, after J. Swift, op.15, 1900
 Symphony no.2 ‘New England’, op.33, 1913
 Alice in Wonderland, suite, 1919
 The Pit and the Pendulum, suite after E.A. Poe (New York, 1930)
 Corianton, film score, c1930

Chamber: Theme and Variations, op.1, string quartet, c1880, rev. as op.25
 3 Pieces, op.2, pf (1891), no.2 Confluentia arr. str orch
 Lyric Opera Sketches, pf (1894)
 Piano Quintet, op.20, 1898–1901
 String Quartet, op.25 (New York, 1907)

Piano:
Pieces (3) for Piano, Op. 2 
Polonaise for Piano, Op. 35 
Ballet Episode for Piano 
Album-Leaf 
Lyric Opera Sketches (2), Op. 13 
Alice in Wonderland 
 
Stage: Music to Macbeth (incid music, W. Shakespeare), op.7, 1882–4, rev. as orch suite, Gaelic March, arr. pf 4 hands (1886)
 Pompeiian Picnic (operetta, A.C. Gunter), op.9, 1887
 Prometheus Bound (incid music, Aeschylus), op.16, 1891
 Puritania (operetta, C.M.S. McLellan), op.11, 1892
 Ben Hur (incid music, L. Wallace), op.17, 1899
 The Pilgrim’s Progress (musical miracle play, after J. Bunyan), op.37 (Boston, 1917)
 other incid music MSS in US-OX

Vocal: A Wedding Ode, op.4, male chorus, orch, 1882
 Phases of Love, 6 songs, op.6, S, pf, no.6 pubd (1888)
 2 Songs, op.8 (1901)
 O Captain! My Captain! (W. Whitman), op.19, chorus, orch (Boston, n.d.)
 A California Idyll, op.38, S, orch, 1918
 America’s Creed, op.40, chorus, orch (Boston, 1919)
 other choral pieces, songs
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Re: Edgar Stillman Kelley [1857-1944]
« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2020, 05:48:33 PM »
I don't believe his second symphony has ever been recorded.
The programme from a Boston Symphony Orchestra performance in 1913:



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Re: Edgar Stillman Kelley [1857-1944]
« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2020, 05:57:27 PM »
The Aladdin Suite, probably the definitive available piece by Kelley:



Piano music:

The Germans, who make doctrines out of everything, deal with music learnedly; the Italians, being voluptuous, seek in it lively, though fleeting, sensations; the French, more vain than perceptive, manage to speak of it wittily; and the English pay for it . . . - Stendhal