Monday 31 December 2012
Seattle, United States
Several classical radio channels broadcast George Frederick McKay symphonic and chamber works on the composer's birth date (June 11), including Radio Germany MDR, WRTI Philadelphia, Hawaii NPR, Oklahoma NPR, Classical KING Seattle, Arizona NPR, North Carolina NPR, and the Spinitron Radio Network. Other recent broadcasts have been in Texas, New Orleans, WQXR New York, WETA Washington DC, KBIA Missouri, Louisville NPR, Nebraska NPR and Eastern North Carolina NPR.
McKay's "Suite on 16th Century Hymn Tunes" has led the way for the NAXOS CD containing it to reach the #1 Best Seller ranking on Amazon.com in the Renaissance music category, and two weeks later the CD was observed to be in the #2 spot, so it seems to be retaining listener appeal over an extended period of time. The CD was also observed most recently to be #38 overall for general modern classical music. This album also contains "Sinfonietta No. 4" which was premiered by the Seattle Symphony and originally published by the University of Washington Press, along with McKay's String Quartet No. 2. The album in addition has the "Violin Concerto" which has been presented by the late Richard Hickox of London with the Seattle Symphony, and "Song Over the Great Plains" commissioned by the Indianapolis Symphony in 1953, and broadcast on national radio networks. All the recent recordings have been conducted by Grammy-winning artist John McLaughlin Williams.
McKay's Flute piece "Lyric Poem" was recently heard on the NPR music show "From the Top" for the second time this year, with a radio audience of 700,000 tuning in to this very popular program on stations like WQXR New York. "Christmas Morning Suite" for flute quartet has over 3.100 viewers on Youtube, having been up-loaded by a group from Japan, and a multitude of sites has added it to their listings. "Suite for Flute and Harp" is now on a Cantilena Records album along with the music of Nino Rota and others, and the piece has been heard on several NPR stations.
Several pages in a new general interest music history book "Before Seattle Rocked," reference George Frederick McKay and his presence in the history of the Seattle music scene.
Suite on 16th Century Hymn TunesRenaissance8.559225 Naxos