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SYMPHONY

ORCHESTRA

Kent Kennan Night Soliloquy Program Notes

Kent  Kennan  composed  little,  if  anything,  in  his  last  65  years.    Yet  Howard  Hanson  recorded  some  of  his  music  with  the  Eastman-Rochester  Orchestra  for  Mercury  Records,  and  he  probably  received  encouragement  to  compose  more.    Instead,  he  concentrated  on  his  teaching,  which  for  most  of  his  career  was  at  the  University  of  Texas  in  Austin,  with  some  shorter  times  at  Kent  State  and  Ohio  State  (and  briefly  as  a  bandmaster  in  the  US  Army  during  WW  II).    He  wrote  one  of  the  primary  books  on  Orchestration  used  in  the  USA.  This  piece,  the  Night  Soliloquy,  was  a  favorite  of  the  Philadelphia  Orchestra,  and  players  from  the  orchestra  will  tell  of  it  being  performed  as  an  encore,  especially  on  tour.