William Thomas McKinley
William Thomas McKinley (December 9, 1938 – February 3, 2015) was an American composer and jazz pianist born in New Kensington, Pennsylvania). He wrote more than 300 musical compositions in what he called a neo-tonal style, of which Margalit Fox writes, for The New York Times, "were known for their lyricism, rhythmic propulsion and accessibility" and adds that his music "could recall not only jazz and blues but also Bach, Debussy, Ravel and Vaughan Williams.". Many of these works have been recorded by such ensembles as the London Symphony Orchestra, the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and the Seattle Symphony.
McKinley was the recipient of numerous honors, including an award and citation from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and eight National Endowment for the Arts grants. He is also among the founders of the label MMC Recordings.
- Symphony No. 1 (1976)
- Symphony No. 2 (1978)
- Symphony No. 3 Romantic (1984)
- Symphony No. 4 (1985)
- Symphony No. 5 Irish (1988)
- Symphony No. 6 Prague
- 13 Dances, for Orchestra (2007)
- Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 60 (1974)
- Concerto Fantasy, Concerto No. 1 for viola and orchestra (1978)
- Concerto No. 2 for viola and orchestra (1984)
- Piano Concerto No. 2 "O'Leary" (1987)
- Ancient Memories, Chamber Concerto for viola and chamber ensemble (1989)
- Concerto No. 3 for viola and orchestra (1992)
- Concert Variations for violin, viola and orchestra (1993)
- Piano Concerto No. 3 (1994)
- Marimba Concerto "Childhood Memories" (2005)
- R.A.P. (2005), for solo clarinet with piano, bass, drum set, and big band
- Chamber music
- Trio for 2 violins and viola (1971)
- Little Sonata for viola, clarinet and piano (1973)
- Portraits for viola solo (1973)
- Waves, Study for viola solo (1973)
- Trio Appassionato for clarinet, viola and piano (1982)
- Samba for viola and piano (1984)
- Sonata No. 1 for viola and piano (1984)
- "William Thomas McKinley, Jazz-Loving Composer, Dies at 76". Retrieved September 22, 2021.
- Biography of William Thomas McKinley at www.schirmer.com
- "Interview with Founders of MMC Recordings". Retrieved October 11, 2011.
- Sposato, page 11.
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- Sposato, page 89
- Sposato, pages 89–90
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- Sposato, pages 87-88. Recorded with symphony 4 and Poems on texts by Neruda.
- Sposato (1995) William Thomas McKinley: A Bio-Bibliography North Carolina (Bio-Bibliographies in Music Series) Chapel Hill: Greenwood Press Jeffrey S.