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Series IX: Audiovisual Materials, 1947-1988 undated

This series contains audio and video primarily related to Kay's professional life. The materials include U-Matic video, film reels, audio reels, audio cassettes, commercially-issued phonograph records, and acetate discs.

Many audio recordings have been digitized by Columbia University Libraries' Digital and Preservation Division, and can be accessed on-site via the links below.


Subseries IX.1: Audio Recordings, 1947-1988 undated, 1947-1988, undated

The majority of this subseries consists of recordings of performances of Kay's works, but there are also some interviews, lectures, talks, and music used in television and commercials.



Box 109 A "4 Contemporary Choral Works" King's Chapel Choir of Boston and Cambridge Festival Strings, recorded at Jordan Hall, Boston, Daniel Pinkham, conductor, Cambridge Records 1M/8/64,, 1963, 1 33 1/3 rpm phonograph record

(Includes Kay's "Choral Triptych." 3 copies, one in mono and two in stereo)



Box 106 "Admiral Byrd," 1960 December 5, 1960, 7-inch reel, 7.5 ips

(Produced by CBS The 20th Century. Music Only.)



Box 110 "Admiral Bird," 1961 March 13, 1961, 1 33 1/3 rpm acetate phonograph record

(Produced by CBS "The Twentieth Century")



Box 106 American Composers Alliance (ACA) / Chamber Music Time (CMT) / Kay, 1960 November 6, 1960, 1 7-inch reel

WNYC Chamber Time Featuring Ulysses Kay .The program featured the American Composers Alliance, with m.c. Don Jennings and Ulysses Kay as the featured composer.



Box 104 American Composers Program Interview, WHIB, Chicago, 1986 January 7, 1986, 1 audiocassette



Box 106 "Aulos," 1971 February 21, 1971, 7-inch reel

(For Solo Flute and Chamber Orchestra (first performance) from Benefit Recital, John Solum, flute, and Walter Robert, piano. Henry Charles Smith, conductor.)



Box 108 Birthday Variations for Ulysses Kay, 1967, 1 5-inch reel, 7.5 ips

(Birthday music composed for piano, four hands, from Kay's "Suite for Strings" 2nd movement. Includes six variations composed by Slonimsky, Vincent, Cortes, Stevens, Dahl, and Kohs. Ingolf Dahl and Ramiro Cortes, pianists. See Also: Box 103, which contains the scores)



Box 109 A "The Black Composer in America" Oakland Youth Orchestra, Cynthia Bedford, mezzo-soprano, Robert Hughes, conductor, Desto Records DC 7107 circa 1970, 7107, 1970, 1 33 1/3 rpm phonograph record

(Includes Kay's "A Short Overture")


Box 109 A Black Composers Series Volume 3, London Symphony Orchestra, Paul Freeman, conductor, Columbia, M 32783, 1974, 1 33 1/3 rpm phonograph record

(Includes Kay's "Markings")



Box 111 B'Nai B'Rith Memorial Concert, circa, 1947, 2 acetate phonograph records; both discs have signs of deterioration

(Includes Kay's "A Short Overture")



Box 106 Boston Interview for Premiere of "Presidential Suite,", 1966, 1 7-inch reel



Box 104 "Brief Elegy", undated, 1 audiocassette

(Roy Mueller, oboe)


Box 104 Brevard Music Center (Former Composers) Symphonic Band, 1986 July 28, 1986, 1 audiocassette

(Includes Kay's "Four Silhouettes")



Box 106 "Capitoline Venus,", undated, 2 7-inch reels, 7.5 ips



Box 104 "Celebration in Song", 1984 March13, 1984

(Holland, Michigan)



Box 106 Chapman College Symphony Orchestra #1, 1979 March10, 1979, 1 7-inch reel, 7.5 ips

(Includes "The Quiet One" and "Scherzi Musicali)


Box 106 Chapman College Symphony Orchestra #2, 1979 March10, 1979, 1 7-inch reel, 7.5 ips

(Includes "Concerto for Orchestra" and "Markings." John Koshak, conductor.)


Box 106 "Chariots,", 1979, 1 7-inch reel

(Philadelphia Orchestra, Saratoga, New York)



Box 114 "Chariots," 1980 April 15, 1980, 2 7-inch reels

(Performed by the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra, John Shenaut, conductor.)

The digitized audio is probably from this reel, although the digitized content was given a 1979 date when it was digitized.



Box 104 "Chariots", 1984 October 1, 1984

(New York Philharmonic, Zubin Mehta, conductor)



Box 106 "Choral Triptych,", undated, 1 7-inch reel


Box 106 Comm. Talk, 1967, 1 7-inch reel, 3 3/4 ips

Kay Seminar for South Carolina State College (SCSC), 1967


Box 106 Composer in Our Time: Ulysses Kay (WRVR), undated, 1 7-inch reel, 7.5 ips



Box 109 A The Contemporary Composer in the USA, Westphalian Symphony Orchestra, Recklinghausen, Paul Freeman, conductor, Turnabout TV-S 34546, 1974, 1 33 1/3 rpm phonograph record

(Includes Kay's "Six Dances for Orchestra")


Box 109 A Composers Recordings, Inc., Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, George Barati, conductor, Composers Recordings, Inc. CRI-139, 1958 or later, 1958, 1 33 1/3 rpm phonograph record

(Includes Kay's "Sinfonia in E")


Box 109 A Composers Recordings, Inc., Camarata and the New Symphony Orchestra of London, Composers Recordings, Inc. CRI-119,, 1950s, 1 33 1/3 rpm phonograph record

(Includes Kay's "Round Dance and Polka for Strings")


Box 109 A Composers Recordings, Inc., Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Arthur Bennett Lipkin, conductor, Composers Recordings, Inc. CRI SD 209, circa, 1965, 1 33 1/3 rpm phonograph record

(Includes Kay's "Fantasy Variations")


Box 109 A Contemporary American Composers, Teatro la Fenice Symphony Orchestra, John Perlea, conductor, Remington Records R-199-173,, 1953, 1 33 1/3 rpm phonograph record

(Includes Kay's "Concerto for Orchestra." 3 copies)



Box 108 Danse Calinda, undated, 1 5-inch reel

(For piano)



Box 110 Death Essay Music, undated, 1 33 1/3 acetate phonographic record



Box 104 "Divertimento" / Brass Quartet, undated, 1 audiocassette



Box 106 "Essay on Death," 1964 November, 1964, 2 7-inch reels



Box 104 "Everett Suite,", undated

(Tom Everett, Brass Trombone)



Box 106 Excerpts for Talk, 1973 November 25, 1973, 1 7-inch reel


Box 106 "Facets," 1971 October 19, 1971, 1 7-inch reel, 7.5 ips

(Peformed by Musica Nova)


Box 106 "Fall of China," 1959 August 31, 1959, 1 7-inch reel, 7.5 ips



Box 111 "Fall of China", undated, 1 33 1/3 acetate phonograph record. Record shows signs of deterioration

(Produced by Twentieth Century (Past).)


Family Tapes



Box 106 Family Tape (Christmas), 1968, 1 7-inch reel


Family Xmas 1964-1965, 1964 December 24

This item was digitized from an audio analog reel in the collection, but it is unclear exactly which reel.



Box 108 Kids Speaking, 1964 May, 1964, 1 5-inch reel



Box 104 Fanfares by Kay and Britten, undated, 1 audiocassette

(Includes "Three Fanfares" (Kay) and "Fanfare for St. Edmundsbury" (Britten) )



Box 106 "Fantasy Variations," 1963 November 19, 1963, 1 7-inch reel, 7.5 ips

(Performed by the Portland, Maine Symphony)


Box 106 "Fantasy Variations" and "Umbrian Scene," circa, 1963, 1 7-inch reel, 7.5 ips

("Fantasy Variations" performed by the Portland, Maine Symphony and "Umbrian Scene" performed by the New Orleans Philharmonic)


Box 106 "Fantasy Variations," 1974 September, 1974, 1 7-inch reel, 7.5 ips

(Performed by the Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra in Berlin, Germany, Denis de Cobeau, conductor)



Box 111 "FDR," 1958 March19, 1958, 1 33 1/3 rpm acetate phonograph record. Record shows signs of deterioration.

([Produced by] Twentieth Century Past. See Also: "Roosevelt Show" on audio reel.)



Box 108 Fisk University Film Music, undated, 1 5-inch reel

(Duplication of original music for "Fisk Film" "A Thing of Beauty")



Box 106 Five Portraits for Violin and Piano," 1974 February22, 1974, 1 7-inch reel, 7.5 ips

(Coolidge Auditorium, Ruggiero Ricci, violin, and Leon Pommers, piano)



Box 104 Five Winds: "Divertimento" Movements 1-4 (all), undated, 1 audiocassette, 13'07" in length



Box 114 "Forever Free," circa, 1965, 1 7-inch reel, 7.5 ips

(Bill, New Jersey Civil War Centennial Commission, State House, Trenton, New Jersey. Washington DC Ceremony, outdoors.)



Box 108 "Forever Free," 1967 March, 1967, 1 5-inch reel

(UCLA Band. Ulysses Kay, conductor.)



Box 110 "Forever Free-A Lincoln Chronicle,", undated, 1 10-inch acetate 33 1/3 rpm phonograph record



Box 106 "Four Inventions," 1970 April 23, 1970, 1 7-inch reel

(Ruth Slenczynska, piano recital at Karachi)


Box 106 "The Game," 1963 January 8, 1963, 1 7-inch reel

(Contains two excerpts: Robbie's Aria, "Change," and Leila's Aria, "Maugeritus")



Box 104 Green #1, 1984 May 26, 1984, 1 audiocassette

(University of Toledo. Includes "A New Song", "Two Dunbar Lyrics," "Forever Free," "Four Silhouettes," "Pieta for English Horn and Strings," "Of New Horizons,")


Box 104 Haddonfield Symphony Orchestra, 1984 May 19, 1984, 1 audiocassette

(Includes Buck's "Festival Overture on the National Air," Grieg's "Concerto in A minro for Piano and Orchestra (Natalie Hinderas, solo piano), Kay's "Presidential Suite," and Hanson's "Symphony No. 1 in E Minor-'Nordic' ")


Box 104 Harvard and McGill Wind Ensembles, 1988 March12, 1988, 1 audiocassette

(Includes "Heralds I," and "Forever Free")



Box 114 Houston Symphony Orchestra, 1974 September, 1974, 1 7-inch reel, 7.5 ips

(Includes Kay's "Three Pieces After Blake." Paul Freeman, conductor.)



Box 106 "Interview - Black Music, Florida, undated, 2 7-inch reels, 7.5 ips

"Sketch of Black Music" with Ulysses Kay, Florida Technological University University of Orlando.


Box 106 "Jubilee," circa, 1976, 5 7-inch reels



Box 104 "Jubilee" (Dorr) and Sermon (White), undated, 1 audiocassette


Box 104 "Jubilee" (Choral Chant) (Dorr) and "Essay 3" (Barber), undated, 1 audiocassette



Box 106 Untitled, undated, 1 7-inch reel

(The reel is not labeled, but there are notecards in the box on what appears to be "Jubilee")


Box 106 "The Juggler of Our Lady," 1962 February 23, 1962, 1 7-inch reel, 7.5 ips

(World Premiere at Xavier University, New Orleans, Louisiana. Richard Harrison, conductor. Mervin Wallace, tenor. Xavier University Opera Workshop.)



Box 104 "Juggler of Our Lady,", undated


Box 104 Kay, undated, 1 audiocassette

( Includes "Of New Horizons," "Sinfonia in E," "A Short Overture," "Markings," "Serenade for Orchestra", and "Umbrian Scene")



Box 105 Kay, 1983, 2 audiocassettes



Box 106 Kay Concert Part I and II, undated, 2 7-inch reels, 7.5 ips

(Includes "Brief Elegy" for oboe and piano, "Triptych on the Texts of Blake" for Soprano, Vln, Vc, and Pfe, "Suite for Flute and Oboe," and "Choral Triptych" )


Box 106 Lehman Talk, 1973 November 22, 1973, 1 7-inch reel, 7.5 ips



Box 109 A Lament for April 15 and Other Modern Madrigals, The Randolph Singers, Composers Recording Inc. CRI-102, 1956 or later, 1956, 1 33 1/3 rpm phonograph record

(Includes Kay's "How Stands the Glass Around?" and "What's in a Name?")



Box 106 "The Land" (NBC News), 1962 February19, 1962, 1 7-inch reel, 7.5 ips

(Music only)



Box 110 "The Land," 1962 February19, 1962, 1 33 1/3 rpm acetate phonograph disc

(Produced by NBC. Music only.)



Box 108 Lincoln, Illinois Centennial, 1953 September 1, 1953, 2 5-inch reels

(Includes "A Lincoln Letter")



Box 109 B Louisville Orchestra First Edition Records, Robert Whitney, conductor, First Edition Records LOU-545-8, circa, 1948-1960, 1 33 1/3 rpm phonographic record

(Includes Kay's "Serenade for Orchestra")


Box 109 B Louisville Orchestra First Edition Records, Robert Whitney, conductor, First Edition Records LOU-651, After, 1964, 1 33 1/3 rpm phonographic record

(Includes Kay's "Umbrian Scene")



Box 107 "Markings," 1967 April 16, 1967, 1 7-inch reel, 7.5 ips

(WQXR broadcast of the Cleveland Orchestra)


Box 107 "Markings," 1978 September 29, 1978, 1 7-inch reel, 7.5 ips

(New York Philharmonic, Zubin Mehta, conductor)


Box 107 "Markings" (Kay) and "Study No. 3" (Syderman?), 1979, 1 7-inch reel, 7.5 ips

(Kay's piece is performed by the New York Philharmonic,1979 Broadcast)



Box 111 "Markings,", undated, 1 33 1/3 rpm acetate phonograph record. Record has some signs of deterioration.



Box 107 MU 10644, undated, 1 7-inch reel, 7.5 ips

(Includes "A Short Overture" for orchestra and "Triptych on Texts of Blake" for soprano, violin, cello, and piano)


Box 107 National Public Radio (NPR) Interview with Ulysses Kay, 1988, 1 7-inch reel


Box 107 North Texas State University School of Music, 1971 July 1, 1971, 1 10.5-inch reel

(Includes and "Parables" and possibly "Facets")



Box 110 "Nosotros" for United Nations film for Latin America. Music by Ulysses Kay, 1962 August, 1962, 1 33 1/3 rpm acetate phonograph record


Of New Horizons, 1979 November 24

This item was digitized from an audio analog reel in the collection, but it is unclear exactly which reel.



Box 107 "Of New Horizons,", undated, 1 7-inch reel



Box 114 "Of New Horizons,", undated, 1 7-inch reel

Chicago Symphony



Box 107 "Of New Horizons", undated, 1 7-inch reel

(Cleveland Orchestra. Irvin Hoffman.)



Box 111 "[Of] New Horizons" Columbus Philharmonic, Izler Solomon, conductor, 1947 March 4, 1947, 1 acetate phonograph record. Record shows signs of deterioration.

(The label on the sleeve states "Quintet for Flute and "Strings" but the label on the record indicates this is "New Horizons")



Box 107 "Once There was a Man,", undated, 1 7-inch reel, 7.5 ips



Box 109 B Opus One Number 35, Ruth Norman, piano, Recorded at Catholic University, 1977 April 26, 1977, 1 33 1/3 rpm phonograph record

(Includes Kay's "Invention III")

(4 copies)



Box 107 Penn State, 1980 May 2, 1980, 1 7-inch reel, 7.5 ips


Box 107 Penn State, 1980 May 3, 1980, 1 7-inch reel, 7.5 ips



Box 105 "Pieta,", undated, 1 audiocassette

(American Composers Orchestra)



Box 108 "Pieta" and "Suite for Band,", undated, 1 5-inch reel, 7.5 ips



Box 107 "Portraits," 1964 April 22, 1964, 1 7-inch reel, 7.5 ips

(Erie Philharmonic. James Simple, conductor. Premiere Performance.)



Box 105 "Presidential Suite,", undated, 1 audiocassette

(St. Joseph's Symphony), undated



Box 107 "The Quiet One," 1960 July 25, 1960, 1 7-inch reel, 7.5 ips

(Transferred from 78 records)


Box 107 "Quintet Concerto,", undated, 1 7-inch reel, 7.5 ips

(Juilliard School Orchestra)


Box 107 Roosevelt Show, 1958 March19, 1958, 1 7-inch reel, 7.5 ips

(CBS Orchestra. Antonini, conductor. Includes "FDR". See Also: "FDR" on acetate disc.)


Box 107 "Scherzi Musicali," 1973 November 11, 1973, 1 7-inch reel, 7.5 ips

(Carnegie-Mellon University Orchestra. Chauncey Kelley, conductor. Also includes Haydn's "Symphony in E-Flat")



Box 114 New Tape: "Scherzo-Serenade" for Orchestra and "Umbrian Scene,", undated, 1 7-inch reel

(Out-takes)



Box 111 "Serenade for Orchestra" The Louisville Orchestra, Robert Whitney, conductor, 1954 September 18, 1954, 1 78 rpm acetate phonograph record. Record shows signs of deterioration. The original tape was distorted, and this is reflected on this acetate disc.



Box 107 "Serenade for Orchestra," 1968 April 21, 1968, 1 7-inch reel

(Cornell Symphony Orchestra. Karol Husa, conductor.)


Box 107 "A Short Overture,", undated, 1 7-inch reel

(Queens Symphony Orchestra. 200th Concert. David Katz, Music Director.)


Box 107 Skidmore College, circa, 1975, 2 7-inch reels, 7.5 ips

(Includes "Triptych on Texts of Blake," "Five Portraits," "Tears, Flow No More," "Two Dunbar Lyrics," "What's In A Name?" "How Stands the Glass Around?" and "Brief Elegy.")



Box 105 Smithsonian: Black American Composer #4 (4 of 4), undated, 1 audiocassette



Box 110 "Song of Ahab" George Irving, baritone, Milton Rosenstock, conductor,, undated, 1 33 1/3 rpm acetate phonograph record



Box 108 South Carolina State College (SCSC): Kay Seminar, 1968 May 9, 1968, 1 5-inch reel



Box 107 Southern Connecticut State University, 1968 May 9, 1968, 1 7-inch reel, 7.5 ips

(Includes "Brief Elegy," "Triptych on Texts of Blake," and "Suite for Flute and Oboe".)



Box 110 "String Quartet" National Gallery Orchestra, Richard Bales, conductor, 1953 May 24, 1953, 1 33 1/3 acetate phonograph record



Box 107 "String Quartet No. 3," 1962 April 2, 1962, 1 7-inch reel, 7.5 ips

(Stanley String Quartet)


Box 107 "String Quartet No. 3, 1964, 1 7-inch reel

(Also includes Binkerd's "String Quartet #2")


Box 107 "String Quartet No. 3,", undated, 1 7-inch reel

(Composer's Forum)



Box 111 "Submarine," 1959 March26, 1959, 1 33 1/3 rpm acetate phonograph record. Record shows signs of deterioration.

(Produced by 20th Century Past CBS)


Box 111 "Suite for Orchestra" Radio Italiana, Concerto Dean Dixon, Torino,, 1952 August 1, 4 33 1/3 rpm acetate phonograph records. All discs show signs of deterioration.



Box 110 "Suite for Orchestra, undated, 1 33 1/3 acetate phonograph record



Box 108 "Swiss Shapes," 1961 January 16, 1961, 1 5-inch reel, 7.5 ips

(Composite music only)



Box 110 "Swiss Shapes," 1961 January 16, 1961, 1 33 1/3 rpm phonograph record


Box 110 "Swiss Watches,", 1959 December 11, 1 33 1/3 acetate phonograph record

(Cut 1: 2 min. Cut 2: Mens Cut 3: Ladies)


Box 110 "Swiss Watches,", undated, 1 33 1/3 acetate phonograph record

(ANNCR. Tracks and Orchestra Tracks. Produced by Cunningham and Walsh, Inc.)



Box 107 "Symphony No. 1," 1974 March, 1974, 1 7-inch reel

(Julliard Orchestra. James Conlon, conductor.)


Box 107 "Theater Set,", undated, 1 7-inch reel, 7.5 ips

(Robert Shaw and Cleveland Orchestra)



Box 108 "Theme," 1962 September 5, 1962



Box 109 B Thomas Harmon Plays American Organ Music of Three Centuries on the Schoenberg Hall and Royce Hall Organs, University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), Orion ORS 76255 circa, 1976, 1 33 1/3 rpm phonograph record

(2 copies, one copy is inscribed to Kay by Thomas Harmon. Includes Kay's "Organ Suite No. 1")



Box 110 "Three Musketeers" TV Music, 1960 November 25, 1960, 1 33 1/3 rpm acetate phonograph record

(Hotchkiss Music)



Box 107 "Trigon" and "Of New Horizons," 1961 and 1967 May 15, 1961, 1967, 1 7-inch reel

("Trigon" was recorded at an outdoor rehearsal in 1961. "Of New Horizons" was performed by the Seattle Youth Orchestra on May 15, 1967.)



Box 110 TV and Commercial Cues and Music, undated, 1 33 1/3 rpm acetate phonograph record



Box 105 "Two Impromptus," 1987 February8, 1987, 4 audiocassettes

(Marcantonio Barone, piano)



Box 108 "Umbrian Scene," circa 1964 March, 1964, 1 5-inch reel, 7.5 ips

(New Orleans Philharmonic. Werner Torkanowsky, conductor.)



Box 109 B The United Church on the Green Sings Praises, Recorded on May 9 and June 13, 1981 at United Church on the Green, New Haven, Connecticut, Vogt Recording Company CSRV 2691 1981, June 13, 1981, 2691, 1981, 1 33 1/3 rpm phonograph record

(Includes Kay's "O Praise the Lord")


Box 109 B A Recording of Music by the Graduates of the University of Arizona, University of Arizona College of Fine Arts School of Music, 100th Anniversary 1862 Land Grant College and University System, 1962, 1862, 1962, 1 33 1/3 rpm phonograph record

(Includes Kay's "Of New Horizons")



Box 108 University of Arizona, undated, 1 5-inch reel



Box 107 University of Illinois, 1959 November 5, 1959, 2 7-inch reels, 7.5 ips

(Includes "Fugitive Songs," "Second String Quartet," "Serenade No. 2" for four horns in F. )



Box 105 University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) Conservatory of Music Black Music Festival: Kay "Convocation," 1981 November 6, 1981, 1 audiocassette


Box 105 University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) Conservatory of Music Black Music Festival: Kay "On Composing," 1981 November 13, 1981, 1 audiocassette



Box 107 Urban League: Ulysses Kay, Leonard de Paur, 1954 January 6, 1954, 1 7-inch reel, 3 3/4 ips



Box 108 Urban League: Ulysses Kay, Ray Felix, November 4, 1 5-inch reel, 7.5 ips



Box 107 Ussachevsky Translation, 1954 July 23, 1954


Box 107 "The Western Paradise," 1976 October, 1976, 1 7-inch reel

(The National Symphony Orchestra. Carnegie Hall. Antal Dorati, conductor. William Conrad, narrator.)


Box 107 "The Western Paradise" for Narrator and Orchestra, circa, 1977, 1 7-inch reel

(The National Symphony Orchestra. Antal Dorati, conductor, William Conrad, narrator. This appears to have been broadcast as part of "International Concert Hall" #770123 on National Public Radio. )



Box 105 "The Western Paradise,", undated, 1 audiocassette



Box 107 WMHT FM Schenectady, New York, Music America "In Conversation with Ulysses Kay,", undated, 1 7-inch reel


Box 107 Unknown, circa, 1954-1964, 1 7-inch reel

(This reel was re-used and it is unclear what is on the reel. It May consist entirely of material by other persons. It May also include material from the Urban League from March3, 1954)


Box 107 Unlabeled, undated, 1 10.5-inch reel



Box 111 Unlabeled, undated, 2 33 1/3 rpm acetate phonograph records. Both records show signs of deterioration.


Series IX.2: Video, 1959 undated

There is very little video in the collection. There is one video recording from the Urban League, and three film reels of watch commercials that used Kay's music.


Film: Commercials



Box 108 "Quality Spot," 1959 September 11, 1959, 1 4-inch reel


Box 108 "Man's Watch," 1959 October 8, 1959, 1 4-inch reel


Box 108 "Woman's Watch," 1959 October 8, 1959, 1 4-inch reel


Box 108 Urban League "Ulysses Kay,", undated, 1 U-matic videocassette