Kilpatrick, Jack (Frederick)

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Kilpatrick, Jack (Frederick)

Kilpatrick, Jack (Frederick), American composer; b. Stillwater, Okla., Sept. 23, 1915; d. Muskogee, Okla., Feb. 22, 1967. He studied at the Univ. of Redlands, Calif., and at the Catholic Univ. of America in Washington, D.C. Of Cherokee origin, he derived virtually all of his music from Indian folklore, with the pentatonic scale as its foundation. He wrote more than 200 works.


dramatic: Music Dramas: Unto These Hills (Cherokee, N.C., July 1, 1950); The Golden Crucible (Pittsburgh, 1959); The Blessed Wilderness (Dallas, April 18, 1959). orch.: 8 syms., including No. 4 for Voices and Orch. (Dallas, Jan. 17, 1951), No. 5 (Honolulu, Feb. 19, 1957), No. 6 (San Antonio, March 2, 1957), No. 7, The Republic of Tex. (San Antonio, March 2, 1957), and No. 8, Oklahoma, for Narrator, Dancers, and Orch. (Oklahoma City, Nov. 17, 1957); numerous other instrumental works.

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire