Ulysses Kay: Twentieth Century Composer

Orchestral Music > Of New Horizons

"Of New Horizons" received its first performance on July 29, 1944, by the New York Philharmonic, Thor Johnson conducting. Robert Bagar of the New York World-Telegram wrote the next day: "A new work was given its premiere at this concert, providing still another source of enjoyment and variety to the proceedings. This was OF NEW HORIZONS by Ulysses Kay, Musician 2-C, USN. The composition is unusually well constructed, its developments are secure and interesting and its thematic material most agreeable."

John Briggs of the New York Post, reviewing the performance given by the Juilliard School Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, Thor Johnson again conducting, wrote on March 11, 1947: "OF NEW HORIZONS, by Ulysses Kay, suggests a young, vigorous talent which is growing and will continue to grow. Mr. Kay has a knack for melodic invention and a sense of tradition. His piece was effective, which in any art which involves public performance is half the battle."

It was awarded the American Broadcasting Company Prize in 1946, and was the work that Kay chose to represent his own compositions, as one of the four musical ambassadors sent to the U.S.S.R. by the State Department, performed by the Moscow State Radio Orchestra in Tchaikovsky Hall, Gennady Rozhdestvensky conducting, on October 15, 1958.


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