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WILLIAM SCHUMAN

William Schuman (1910–92) had several successful simultaneous careers in music, as composer, educator and administrator. After teaching for ten years at Sarah Lawrence College, he became president of the Juilliard School of Music, and then the first president of the newly inaugurated Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York. Schuman was by then, according to the New York Times “probably the most powerful figure in the world of art music”. Besides his full-time positions, he found the time to be director of the Koussevitzky Music Foundation, the Walter W. Naumburg Foundation, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Educational Television network and the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

Born in New York, he started to compose while still in high school, and was soon organizing jazz ensembles. His early interest in music was focused on popular music and jazz. He studied at Columbia University Teachers College, and took private composition lessons from Roy Harris at Juilliard. Harris was a great influence, both in Schuman’s development as a composer and in his career. It was Harris who first interested Serge Koussevitzky in his student’s works. In turn, Koussevitzky was one of the first conductors to perform his music. The violinist Samuel Dushkin commissioned Schuman’s Violin Concerto expecting to premiere it with Koussevitzky and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Koussevitzky, however, left the orchestra the year before the premiere (1950), which was played by Isaac Stern, and conducted by Koussevitzky’s successor in Boston, Charles Munch.

Schuman’s compositions include the 1939 American Festival Overture, (one of his earliest successes), a Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, the ballets Undertow and Night Journey, ten symphonies, four string quartets, choral works, film scores, Credendum (commissioned by the United States government) and A Free Song, which won the first Pulitzer Prize in Music.

Box Set Release Catalogue Number
SCHUMAN Symphonies Naxos 8.505228

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Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
AIR COMBAT COMMAND HERITAGE OF AMERICA BAND: American Originals Altissimo
75442261732
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
AIR COMBAT COMMAND HERITAGE OF AMERICA BAND: Emblems Altissimo
75442261782
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
AMERICAN CHORAL MUSIC - PERSICHETTI, V. / SCHUMAN, W. / BOLCOM, W. / FINE, I. / FOSS, L. (University of Texas Chamber Singers) Naxos
8.559358
Choral - Secular
EASTMAN WIND ENSEMBLE: American Concert Band Masterpieces (1956) Naxos Classical Archives
9.81002
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
HARRIS: Symphony No. 7 / SCHUMAN, W.: Symphony No. 6 / PISTON: Symphony No. 4 (Ormandy) (1953-1955) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80239
Orchestral
Music for the Presidential Inauguration Altissimo
75442200152
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
Orchestral Music (American) - SCHUMAN, W. / TOMLINSON, C. / IVES, C. / HOVHANESS, A. / PISTON, W. (An American Tapestry) (Dallas Symphony, Litton) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90224
Orchestral
PERRY, W.: Jamestown Concerto / SCHUMAN, W.: A Song of Orpheus / THOMSON, V.: Cello Concerto (Hanani) Naxos
8.559344
Orchestral
PRESIDENT'S OWN UNITED STATES MARINE BAND: Bicentennial Collection (The) Altissimo
75442261012
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
PRESIDENT'S OWN UNITED STATES MARINE BAND: Bicentennial Collection (The), Vol. 9 Altissimo
75442262022
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
PRESIDENT'S OWN UNITED STATES MARINE BAND: Liberty for All - An Interactive CD of History and Culture Altissimo
75442255782
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
SCHUMAN, W.: Free Song (A) / COPLAND, A.: Appalachian Spring / SOWERBY, L.: The Canticle of the Sun (The Pulitzer Project) (Kalmar) Cedille
CDR90000-125
Choral - Secular
SCHUMAN, W.: Symphonies Nos. 3 and 5 / Judith (Seattle Symphony, Schwarz) Naxos
8.559317
Orchestral, Ballet
SCHUMAN, W.: Symphonies Nos. 4 and 9 / Circus Overture / Orchestra Song (Seattle Symphony, Schwarz) Naxos
8.559254
Orchestral
SCHUMAN, W.: Symphonies Nos. 7 and 10 (Seattle Symphony, Schwarz) Naxos
8.559255
Orchestral
SCHUMAN, W.: Symphony No. 6 / Prayer in a Time of War / New England Triptych (Seattle Symphony, Schwarz) Naxos
8.559625
Orchestral
SCHUMAN, W.: Symphony No. 8 / Night Journey / IVES, C.: Variations on America (orch. W. Schuman) (Seattle Symphony, Schwarz) Naxos
8.559651
Orchestral
SCHUMAN, W.: Violin Concerto / New England Triptych (Quint, Bournemouth Symphony, Serebrier) Naxos
8.559083
Concertos, Orchestral
SCHUMAN: Judith / Undertow (Whitney, Schuman) (1951) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80183
Ballet
SCHUMAN: Symphony No. 4 / Prayer in Time of War / Judith First Edition
FECD-0011
Orchestral
SONGS OF THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR Altissimo
75442259812
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
STORY OF AMERICAN CLASSICAL MUSIC (THE) Naxos Educational
8.558164-65
Orchestral
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND OF MID-AMERICA: Infinite Horizons Altissimo
75442262062
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND OF MID-AMERICA: On Tour Altissimo
75442261502
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND: American Treasures Altissimo
75442270272
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND: Best of Altissimo
75442259902
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND: Celebration Altissimo
75442260952
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
Wind Band Music - REED, H.O. / HUSA, K. / NELHYBEL, V. / SCHUMAN, W. (Fanfares and Overtures for Wind Band) (Rutgers Wind Ensemble, Berz) Naxos
8.572230
Wind Ensemble/Band Music

Role: Arranger 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 

Role: Conductor 
Album Title  Catalogue No  Work Category 
SCHUMAN: Judith / Undertow (Whitney, Schuman) (1951) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80183
Ballet





 
 
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