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Naxos Celebrates William Schuman’s 100th Birthday with a Special Boxed Set

May 26, 2010

Described by The New York Times ‘probably the most powerful figure in the world of art music’, American composer William Schuman turns 100 in August 2010. To celebrate this important event, Naxos is releasing a special 5-CD boxed set of Schuman’s Symphonies and other orchestral works in July. The Seattle Symphony conducted by Gerard Schwarz are persuasive advocates of Schuman’s powerful music.

SCHUMAN The Symphonies & Selected Orchestral Works
Seattle Symphony
Gerard Schwarz, conductor

Aaron Copland, when presenting Schuman with the MacDowell Colony Medal in 1971, said ‘In Schuman’s pieces you have the feeling that only an American could have written them…You hear it in his orchestration, which is full of snap and brilliance. You hear it in the kind of American optimism which is at the basis of his music.’ Schuman’s impressive catalogue of works is especially rich in orchestral, band, and choral music. He continued the strong American symphonic tradition of such predecessors as Roy Harris and Walter Piston and had always been particularly recognised for his mastery of orchestration.


Seattle Symphony Orchestra Biography & Discography

Gerard Schwarz Biography & Discography

William Schuman Biography & Discography


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