Kenneth Wright papers, 1949-2004

Abstract

The Kenneth Wright papers consist of musical scores and arrangements, programs and posters of performances, correspondence, notes, articles, student work, and recordings of musical performances.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Kenneth Wright papers, 1949-2004
Creator
Wright, Kenneth.
Extent
4.3 cubic feet (9 boxes)
Subjects
Hindesmith, Paul, 1895-1963.
Kinney, Gordon.
Niles, John Jacob, 1892-1980.
Wright, Eleanor, 1915-
Wright, Kenneth, 1913-2008.
University of Kentucky. College of Fine Arts. School of Music.
Music -- 20th century.
Guignol Theatre (Lexington, Ky.)
Lexington (Ky.)
Scores
Arrangement
This collection is arranged in four series by subject: I. Scores II. Arrangements III. Other Materials IV. Recordings
Finding Aid Author
Processed by Emily Hikes in October-November 2008 under the supervision of Deirdre A. Scaggs, University Archivist.; machine-readable finding aid created by Janice Childers
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Dr. Kenneth Richard Wright was a longtime professor of music theory and composition at the University of Kentucky and a violin and viola teacher to generations of students. He received a bachelor degree in economics from Hastings College, and a master and doctorate from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. He played in the Kansas City Philharmonic from 1935 to 1938; the Rochester Philharmonic from 1939 to 1941; and the New Orleans Symphony in the summers of 1945 and 1947. Since September, 1949, he has been connected with the University of Kentucky. After retiring from UK in 1978, he taught at the University of Wisconsin, the University of Western Australia, and Christopher Newport University in Newport News, VA. He played in the Norfolk, VA. Symphony from 1979 to 1981 and 1984 to 1985. Wright died May 23, 2008.
Source: Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras website http://www.ckyo.org/Kenneth%20Wright.htm (accessed November 17, 2008)
Scope and Content
The Kenneth Wright papers consist of musical scores and arrangements, programs and posters of performances, correspondence, notes, articles, student work, and recordings of musical performances.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open to researchers by appointment.

Contents of the Collection

I. Scores, 1939-1978

The Scores series consists of the musical scores and operas composed and written by Wright. The first two boxes contain materials from his operas, Lost Eden and Wing of Expectation. Following these are scores arranged in alphabetical order by title.

Lost Eden Materials

  • Box 1, folder 1-6
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Lost Eden Opera Notes

  • Box 1, folder 7
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Lost Eden Synopsis

  • Box 1, folder 8
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Lost Eden Materials 2

  • Box 1, folder 9-10
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Lost Eden Libretto

  • Box 1, folder 11
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Lost Eden Score

  • Box 1, folder 12
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Lost Eden Score

  • Box 2, folder 1-5
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Wing of Expectation Correspondence and Program

  • Box 2, folder 6
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Love is Eternal Duet in G

  • Box 3, folder 1
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Wing of Expectation Conductor Scores, Act One

  • Box 3, folder 2
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Wing of Expectation Conductor Scores, Act Two

  • Box 3, folder 3
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Wing of Expectation Conductor Scores, Act Three

  • Box 3, folder 4
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Adoro te Devoto St. Thomas Aquinas

  • Box 3, folder 5
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Andante for Oboe and Strings, 1946

  • Box 3, folder 6
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Bardy

  • Box 3, folder 7
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Bardy

  • Box 3, folder 8
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Bardy

  • Box 4, folder 1
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Blue Tears, 1977

  • Box 4, folder 2
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Call it Square, 1954?

  • Box 4, folder 3
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Call it Square, 1954?

  • Box 4, folder 4
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Call it Square, Vocal/Piano Score , 1954?

  • Box 4, folder 5
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Concerto Grosso

  • Box 4, folder 6
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Concerto for Two Violins and Orchestra, 1952

  • Box 4, folder 7
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Four Encore Songs

  • Box 4, folder 8
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Festive Overture, 1966

  • Box 5, folder 1
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Four Encore Songs, 1944

  • Box 5, folder 2
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Hexagon Variations

  • Box 5, folder 3
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Jamey

  • Box 5, folder 4
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Mother Goose Suite, 1950

  • Box 5, folder 5
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My Old Kentucky Home, 1954-1967

  • Box 5, folder 6
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Opera Fanfares, 1978

  • Box 5, folder 7
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Pastorale and Dance, 1956

  • Box 5, folder 8
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Prelude, 1939

  • Box 5, folder 9
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Psalm 104

  • Box 5, folder 10
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Spring this Year, 1944-1947

  • Box 5, folder 11
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Veni Sancte Spiritu

  • Box 5, folder 12
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Veni Sancte Spiritu, Palestrina

  • Box 5, folder 13
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The Voices of Children

  • Box 5, folder 14
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II. Arrangements, 1950-2004

The Arrangements series contains a selection of musical arrangements by Wright. Many are arrangements of 20th Century or classical music, while others are original pieces by Wright. Many are undated and have been arranged in alphabetical order by title.

Adagio, Sonata Handel

  • Box 6, folder 1
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Andante Mendelssohn

  • Box 6, folder 2
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Ave Maria Schubert, 2004?

  • Box 6, folder 3
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Ave Verum - Mozart

  • Box 6, folder 4
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Come Sweet Death Bach

  • Box 6, folder 5
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Die Meistersinger Wagner

  • Box 6, folder 6
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Fr Elise

  • Box 6, folder 7
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He shall Feed His Flock - Handel

  • Box 6, folder 8
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I Wonder as I Wander

  • Box 6, folder 9
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Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring Bach

  • Box 6, folder 10
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Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head J.J. Niles, 1994

  • Box 6, folder 11
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Liebesleid (Love's Sorrow), 2004?

  • Box 6, folder 12
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March Handel

  • Box 6, folder 13
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Meditation Thas

  • Box 6, folder 14
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O, Holy Night

  • Box 6, folder 15
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O Sacred Head Bach

  • Box 6, folder 16
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Od Yishama

  • Box 6, folder 17
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Sarabande Bach

  • Box 6, folder 18
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Schne Rosmarin Kriesler

  • Box 6, folder 19
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Wedding Song, 2004?

  • Box 6, folder 20
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Wedding Waltzes

  • Box 6, folder 21
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Air Bach

  • Box 7, folder 1
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Etude and Romance Wieniawski

  • Box 7, folder 2
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Etude No 9 Mazas

  • Box 7, folder 3
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For the Fallen - Choral, 1950

  • Box 7, folder 4
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Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming Brahms

  • Box 7, folder 5
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Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming Brahms

  • Box 7, folder 6
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Lullaby

  • Box 7, folder 7
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The Man I Love Gershwin

  • Box 7, folder 8
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Reverie and Prelude #6 Debussy

  • Box 7, folder 9
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Silent Nite

  • Box 7, folder 10
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Story of the Bee J. J. Niles

  • Box 7, folder 11
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Suite for the Band

  • Box 7, folder 12
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Suite, Piano for Hands

  • Box 7, folder 13
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To Jesus on His Birthday, 1969

  • Box 7, folder 14
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Unknown - Brahms

  • Box 7, folder 15
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Violin Works

  • Box 7, folder 16
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III. Other Materials

The Other Materials series is a collection of documents that are either nonmusical works by Wright or works by his students or musical predecessors. There is a student dissertation, a musical theory composition by Paul Hindesmith. It also contains an obituary, a book of Gregorian chants and works by two Italian composers of liturgical music, a letter from The Instrumentalist, and a pedagogy for violin by Wright. The final folder has various compositions of music or writing with little or no identification, as well as the original inventory list of this collection.

Fragments of Bach's Sarabande

  • Box 8, folder 1
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Mary Hansard Dissertation

  • Box 8, folder 2
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Hindesmith Craft Book, Vol. 3

  • Box 8, folder 3
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Gordon Kinney Obituary, 1981

  • Box 8, folder 4
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Examples of Gregorian chant and works by Orlando Lassus and Giovanni Pierluigi Palestrina, 1937

  • Box 8, folder 5
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The Instrumentalist letter

  • Box 8, folder 6
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Violin Pedagogy

  • Box 8, folder 7
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Miscellaneous Papers

  • Box 8, folder 8
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IV. Recordings

The Recordings series consists of reel to reel recordings and a cassette of Wright's performances. Also included are two copies of a mass produced record album.

Bardy, 7" Reel

  • Box 9
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Jamey, 7" Reel

  • Box 9
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Bardy and Jamey, 7" Reel

  • Box 9
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Wing of Expectation, 7" Reel

  • Box 9
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Lost Eden, Cassette

  • Box 9
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World Symphony Orchestra Parts 1-2, 3" Reel

  • Box 9
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World Symphony Orchestra Parts 3-4, 3" Reel

  • Box 9
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Hexagon Variations, 5" Reel

  • Box 9
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Wing of Expectation Complete, Large Reel

  • Box 9
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Wing of Expectation Complete Act One, Large Reel

  • Box 9
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Wing of Expectation Complete Act Two, Large Reel

  • Box 9
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Wing of Expectation Libretto and Music, Two Records

  • Box 9
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