NAME: Kevin (William) Oldham

BIRTH DATE/LOCATION:
August 30, 1960, Kansas City, Missouri

DEATH DATE/LOCATION:
March 11, 1993, Kansas City, Missouri

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Kevin Oldham
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  • IDENTIFICATION AND BIO:
    Composer, Pianist

    Education: Northwestern University, The Juilliard School
    Teachers: Herbert Stessin and Sascha Gorodnitzki

    WORKS:

    ORCHESTRA

    Concerto for Piano, Op. 14
    for: piano and orchestra
    date: 1991
    note: orchestration by Steve Cohen after sketches by Kevin Oldham.
    published: Notevole Music Publishing
    premiere: Oldham, piano, Orchestra of St. Peter-by-the-Sea, Stephenson, conductor, Festival of the Atlantic, broadcast on WQXR, New York, August, 1992
    performance: Kevin Oldham, piano, Kansas City Symphony, William McGlaughlin, conductor, 1/17/93
    recorded: Ian Hobson, piano, Kansas City Symphony, William McGlaughlin, conductor, BMG/Catalyst 09026-61979-2 (1994)

    Not Even If I Try
    for: solo voice and orchestra
    date: 1989
    note: song orchestrated by Steve Cohen.

    ORGAN

    Symphony No. 1 for Organ, Op. 10
    for: organ
    date: 1985-1989
    duration: 25:38
    published: Wayne Leupold Editions (publication scheduled for summer 2003)
    recorded: K. Tritle, organ,VAI Audio 1110 (1995)

    CHAMBER

    Fugue, Op. 8
    for: alto flute in G, soprano clarinet in E, celeste, piano
    date: unknown

    PIANO

    Andante Tranquillo from Concerto For Piano #1, Op. 14
    for: piano
    date: 1993
    duration: 6:20
    published: Notevole Music Publishing
    note: arranged by Lawrence Rosen.
    recorded: Karen Kushner, piano, Albany Records Troy 213 (1996)

    Aria
    for: piano
    date: unknown
    note: from Thérèse Raquin (uncompleted opera)

    Ballade, Op. 17
    for: piano
    date: 1992
    duration: 6:34
    published: Neil A. Kjos Publisher
    note: written for Karen Kushner
    recorded: Karen Kushner, Albany Records Troy 213 (1996)

    Intermezzo, Op. 2, #3
    for: piano
    date: 1977

    Instrumental Piece A
    for: piano
    date: unknown

    Prelude, Op. 2 #4
    for: piano
    date: 1978

    Song Without Words in C, Op. 2 #5
    for: piano
    date: 1978

    Prelude, Sarabande and Toccata, Op. 19
    for: piano
    date: 1992
    duration: 9:24
    note: toccata completed by Steve Cohen; prelude is lost.
    recorded (Sarabande and Toccata): Karen Kushner, piano, Albany Records Troy 213 (1996)

    Toccata, Op. 1
    for: piano
    date: 1977-1981

    Toccata For Piano #2
    for: piano
    date: 1977

    Two Instrumental Pieces, Op. 6
    for: piano
    date: 1985

    Two Nocturnes, Op. 15 (in C and in A-flat)
    for: piano
    date: 1992
    duration: 7:38
    recorded: Karen Kushner, piano, Albany Records Troy 213 (1996)

    Variations On A French Noel, Op. 7
    for: piano
    date: 1981-1985
    published: Neil A. Kjos Publisher
    duration: 10:00
    recorded: Kevin Oldham, piano, Albany Records Troy 213 (1996)

    VOCAL

    Gaspard de la Nuit, Op. 3
    for: soprano and piano
    date: 1977-80
    duration: 8:02
    texts: Original French poems by Aloysius Bertrand, English translation by Rollo H. Meyers
    movements: Ondine; Le Gibet; Scarbo
    recorded: Albany Records Troy 213 (1996)

    Paint Me
    for: soprano and piano
    date: 1990
    duration: 3:26
    note: from Thérèse Raquin (uncompleted opera)
    recorded: M. Russo, soprano, K. Kushner, piano
    Albany Records Troy 213 (1996)

    Row, I Love To Row
    for: soprano, tenor, baritone, piano
    date: 1990
    duration: 4:47
    note: from Thérèse Raquin (uncompleted opera)
    recorded: M. Russo, soprano, C. Halvorson, tenor, A. Schroeder, baritone, K. Kushner, piano,
    Albany Records Troy 213 (1996)

    Sleep And Dream
    for: soprano and piano
    date: 1990
    duration: 3:10
    note: from Thérèse Raquin (uncompleted opera)
    recorded: C. Johnson, soprano, K. Kushner, piano,
    Albany Records Troy 213 (1996)

    Two Waltzes, Op. 4
    for: three sopranos, piano, string quintet
    date: 1979
    Dingbat Waltz
    Vocalise Waltz

    SONGS
    for solo voice and piano with words by the composer unless otherwise noted

    Across The Sea (1990)
    duration: 2:28
    recorded:
    S. Rosenbaum, soprano, K. Kushner, piano, Albany Records Troy 213 (1996)
    Nova, voice, Kushner, piano, Christian Nova: Walking Happy, Original Cast Records OC 9750

    All My Thoughts Of You Op. 5 #3 (1979)

    Ballad (1986-1990) from Titanic
    note: three different sets of lyrics were tried on this tune: "Without You" (Oldham lyrics, 1990), "We Are Love" (Oldham lyrics, 1990), and "Now I Know" (lyrics by Clayton Stang).

    Behind the Beguine (date?)

    Do I Know Why? Op.2 #2 (1977)
    duration: 4:16
    recorded: Marble Collegiate Church Choir, William Oldham, conductor, Karen Kushner, piano, VAI Audio VAIA 1110 (1995)

    Give Me A Break Op. 5 #4 (1980)

    I Can't Wait To Be An Uncle (1981)

    I Am Your Friend Op.2 #1 (1980)

    I Will Fly (date?)

    Its All Your Fault (date?)
    Additional lyrics by Dan Kael

    Mutual Love (date?)

    Not Even If I Try (1989)
    for: solo male voice and piano (or orchestra)
    duration: 4:40
    note: orchestra version by Steve Cohen.
    recorded:
    C. Halvorson, tenor, K. Kushner, piano, Albany Records Troy 213 (1996)
    G. Denizot, baritone, M. Stern-Wolfe, piano, Leonarda Records LE 354 (forthcoming)
    Nova, voice, Kushner, piano, Christian Nova: Walking Happy, Original Cast Records OC 9750

    Once (1986)
    Lyrics by Dan Kael

    Pretending Op. 5 #2 (date?)

    Song from Death of A Salesman (date?)
    Text by Arthur Miller

    Song from Streetcar Named Desire (date?)

    Song Without Words in C Op. 2 #5 (1978)
    The Voyeur (1982)

    [Three Comic Songs]:
    I Won The Lottery (1990)
    Music by Tchaikovsky (Waltz of the Flowers)
    J. S. Rock (date?)
    Zabar Dance (1990)
    Music by Khachaturian (Sabre Dance)
    Lyrics by Kevin Oldham and Karen Kushner

    Will You Ever Dance to My Songs Again? Op. 5 #1 (1979)

    Wish (date?)

    You Love Me (date?)

    Yum (date?)

    CHORAL

    The Boulding Chorales, Op.16
    for: SATB
    date: 1988, 1992
    duration: 13:35
    Poetry by Kenneth E. Boulding from There Is a Spirit, The Nayler Sonnets.
    Can I Imprisoned
    Small Flowers
    Are There No Armies
    My Lord Thou Art In Every Breath I Take
    recorded: Marble Collegiate Church Choir, William Oldham, conductor, VAI Audio VAIA 1110
    Do I Know Why?
    for: SATB and piano
    date: 1977
    duration: 4:16
    published: Neil A. Kjos
    recorded: Marble Collegiate Church Choir, William Oldham, conductor, VAI Audio VAIA 1110 (1995)

    Go Tell It On The Mountain
    for: SATB
    date: 1989-90

    Not Even If I Try
    for: TTBB and piano
    date: 1989
    note: arranged by William Oldham (composer's father).

    Psalm 121, I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes Unto the Hills
    for: solo soprano, SATB, organ and harp
    date: 1989
    duration: 3:30
    published: Neil A. Kjos
    recorded: Marble Collegiate Church Choir, William Oldham, conductor, VAI Audio VAIA 1110 (1995)

    Psalm 130, Out of the Depths Have I Cried To Thee
    for: solo soprano, SATB, organ and harp
    date: 1989
    duration: 6:18
    published: Neil A. Kjos
    recorded: Marble Collegiate Church Choir, William Oldham, conductor, VAI Audio VAIA 1110 (1995)

    Psalm 150, Hallelujah! Praise The Lord
    for: SATB soloists, SATB chorus, and organ
    date: 1990
    duration: 4:22
    published: Neil A. Kjos
    recorded: Marble Collegiate Church Choir, William Oldham, conductor, VAI Audio VAIA 1110 (1995)

    PIANO TRANSCRIPTIONS

    J.S. Bach: Fugue in G Major "The Gigue" (BWV 577), Op. 8
    for: piano
    date: unknown
    duration: 2:54
    note: transcribed by Kevin Oldham and T. Ernest Nichols.
    recorded: Kevin Oldham, piano, VAI Audio VAIA 1104 (1995)

    J.S. Bach: Prelude and Fugue in D Major (BWV 532), Op.8
    for: piano
    date: unknown

    J.S. Bach: Sinfonia in D from Cantata wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir (BWV 29), Op.8
    for: piano
    date: unknown
    duration: 3:17
    note: transcribed by Kevin Oldham and T. Ernest Nichols.
    recorded: Kevin Oldham, piano, VAI Audio VAIA 1104 (1995)

    M. Duruflé: Toccata, Op.10 from Suite for Organ, Op.5
    for: piano
    date: 1985

    ARRANGEMENTS

    Sibelius: Be Still My Soul from Finlandia
    for: soprano and piano
    date: 1992
    duration: 4:06
    recorded: C. Johnson, soprano, K. Kushner, piano,
    VAI Audio VAIA 1110 (1995)

    Three Carols, Op.20
    for: soprano, harp and flute
    date: 1992
    Away In A Manger
    Joy To The World
    Silent Night.
    published: Neil A. Kjos
    recorded (Silent Night): Nimbus Records NI 7034 (1996)

    UNCOMPLETED WORKS:
    Four Hand Sonata, in four movements
    for: piano four-hands
    date: 1992

    Four Songs Op. 11 (soprano)

    Five Songs Op. 12 (baritone)

    Thérèse Raquin (opera)
    based on novel by Émile Zola
    excerpts (see Songs):

         Aria (piano)
         Paint Me (soprano and piano)
         Sleep and Dream (soprano and piano)
         Row, I Love to Row (vocal trio and piano)

    Three Spirituals Op. 13

    Titanic (musical comedy)
    excerpts (see Songs):
         Ballad (1986-1990)

    WRITINGS:
    "On Piano Transcriptions" by Kevin Oldham, liner notes for the recording Kevin Oldham: The Art of the Piano Transcription, VAI Audio VAIA 1104 (1995).

    DISCOGRAPHY:
    All-Oldham discs:
    Out of the Depths: The Choral and Organ Music of Kevin Oldham, VAI Audio VAIA 1110 (1995).
    Kevin Oldham: Piano and Vocal Music, Karen Kushner, piano, et.al., Albany Records Troy 213 (1996).

    As performer:
    Kevin Oldham: The Art of the Piano Transcription, Kevin Oldham, piano, VAI Audio VAIA 1104 (1995). Includes two Bach transcriptions by Oldham/Nichols and other transcriptions of Bach, Schulz-Evler, Schubert and Liszt.

    Collections:
    "Concerto for Piano," Ian Hobson, piano, Kansas City Symphony, William McGlaughlin, conductor, Memento Bittersweet, BMG/Catalyst, 09026-61979-2 (1994).
    "Silent Night" from Three Carols, Op. 20, Pamela Williamson, soprano, Welsey Kelly, harp, Lyra Pringle Pherigo, flute, The Spirit of Christmas Present, Nimbus 7034 (1996) and Nativitas, Nimbus 5413 (1994).
    "Not Even If I Try," G. Denizot, baritone, M. Stern-Wolfe, piano, Sudden Sunsets: Highlights from the Benson Series, Downtown Music Productions, Leonarda Records LE 354 (forthcoming).
    "Across the Sea" and "Not Even If I Try," Christian Nova, voice, Karen Kushner, piano, Christian Nova: Walking Happy (cabaret collection), Original Cast OC 9750.

    BIBLIOGRAPHY:

    • "Ill Artists' Effort to Insure That Art Survives AIDS" by Glenn Collins, New York Times, December 27, 1992.
    • "True Grit" by Tim Page, New York Newsday (Fanfare Magazine), Sunday, January 24, 1993.
    • "Kevin Oldham" by Tim Page, liner notes for the recordings Out of the Depths and Piano and Vocal Music.
    • "The Choral and Organ Compositions of Kevin Oldham" by Karen Kushner, liner notes for the recording Out of the Depths.
    • "Oldham, Kevin (William)" by Tim Page, The Grove Dictionary of Music, Grovemusic.com (2001).
    • "Kevin Oldham" by Karen Kushner, liner notes for the recording Art of the Piano Transcription.

    PERFORMING RIGHTS AFFILIATION:
    BMI

    RESOURCES:
    "Kevin Oldham"
    hometown.aol.com/OldhamK/Kevin.htm

    most unpublished scores at:
    American Music Center Collection
    The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
    40 Lincoln Center Plaza
    New York, NY 10023-7498
    www.nypl.org

    American Music Center
    30 West 26th Street
    Suite 1001
    New York, NY 10010
    Tel: (212) 366-5260
    Fax: (212) 366-5265
    www.amc.net

    Neil A. Kjos Music Company
    P.O. Box 178270
    San Diego, CA 92177-8270
    (858) 270-9800
    www.kjos.com

    Wayne Leupold Editions
    8510 Triad Drive
    Colfax, NC 27235
    (910) 996-8445
    www.wayneleupold.com

    Notevole Music Publishing, a division of
    Subito Music Corp.
    504 Bloomfield Avenue
    Verona, NJ 07044
    (973) 857-3440
    www.subitomusic.com

    MUSICAL EXECUTOR:
    Stephen Rotondaro (companion)
    677 West End Avenue Apt. 15D
    New York, NY 10025-7363
    (212) 865-6432

    OTHER CONTACTS:
    Karen Kushner (friend, pianist)
    Conservatory of Music
    University of Missouri, Kansas City
    4949 Cherry Street
    Kansas City, MO 64110
    (816) 235-2958
    KushnerK@umkc.edu

    ARCHIVES:
    Music Division, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.

     


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