Schuman, William

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Birth 1910-08-04
Death 1992-02-15
Americans
English

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An American composer and educator, William Schuman was instructor at Sarah Lawrence College (1935-45), president of the Juilliard School of Music (1945-1962), director of publications for G. Schirmer (1945-1952), and president of Lincoln Center (1962-1968). In the 1970's he was chairman of the Norlin Foundation and of the MacDowell Colony. He was a founding director of the Charles Ives Society and a member of the board of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, the Naumburg and Koussevitzky Foundations, and of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Film Society of Lincoln Center, organizations which he founded. Mr. Schuman died Feb. 15, 1992.

From the guide to the William Schuman papers and records, 1933-1986, (The New York Public Library. Music Division.)

Commissioned by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. Condensed from the composer's Symphony no. 7, 2nd movement. First performance of fanfare alone, North Meadow, Central Park, New York, June 1965, New York Philharmonic, William Steinberg conductor. For entire Symphony no. 7 see callno.: 6717.--Cf. Fleisher Collection.

From the description of Philharmonic fanfare / William Schuman. [19--] (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 54114315

Commissioned by the Ford Foundation for Leonard Rose. A fantasy based on Schuman's Orpheus with His Lute, which was originally set to a song for voice and piano with text from Shakespeare's play Henry VIII, composed 1944. This work composed 1960-61. First performance Indianapolis, 17 February 1962, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Izler Solomon conductor, Leonard Rose soloist.--Cf. Fleisher Collection.

From the description of A song of Orpheus : fantasy for 'cello and orchestra / William Schuman. [1960-1961] (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 54350652

Commissioned by Samuel Dushkin. Original version composed 1946-47. Revised 1954, 1957 and 1958. This version first performed Aspen, Colorado, 9 August 1959, Aspen Festival Orchestra, Izler Solomon conductor, Roman Totenberg soloist.--Cf. Fleisher Collection.

From the description of Concerto for violin and orchestra / William Schuman. [1947-1958] (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 54114250

Commissioned by the Serge Koussevitzky Foundation in the Library of Congress, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Orchestra and in memory of Serge and Natalie Koussevitzky. Composed 1960. First performance Boston, 21 October 1960, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Munch conductor. The 2nd movement is condensed as Philharmonic Fanfare, see callno.: 6718.--Cf. Fleisher Collection.

From the description of Symphony no. 7 / William Schuman. [1960] (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 54350654

After 3 hymns of William Billings (1746-1800). Commissioned by André Kostelanetz. Composed 1956. First performance Miami, 28 October 1956, University of Miami Symphony Orchestra, André Kostelanetz conductor.--Cf. Fleisher Collection.

From the description of New England triptych : three pieces for orchestra after William Billings / William Schuman. [19--] (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 54114267

An American composer and educator, William Schuman was president of the Juilliard School of Music (1945-1962), and president of Lincoln Center (1962-1968). Robert S. Hines, who first met Schuman as a student at Juilliard (1946-52), was a professor at Wichita State College during the 1960's and at the University of Hawaii after 1972. In compiling the book, The orchestral composer's point of view (1972), Hines was granted an interview as Schuman's contribution. However, Schuman withdrew permission to publish the interview partly because of his position with Lincoln Center, and instead wrote an introduction for the book. After Schuman's death in 1992, Hines requested and was granted Frances Schuman's permission to publish the interview in a music periodical.

From the description of Correspondence between William Schuman and Robert S. Hines, and related papers, 1965-1993. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122378758

William Schuman was an American composer and educator. He was an instructor at Sarah Lawrence College (1935-1945), president of The Juilliard School of Music (1945-1962), director of publications for G. Schirmer (1945-1952), and president of Lincoln Center (1962-1968). In the 1970's he was chairman of the Norlin Foundation and of the MacDowell Colony. He was a founding director of the Charles Ives Society and a member of the board of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, the Naumberg and Koussevitzky Foundations, and of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Film Society of Lincoln Center, organizations which he founded. Mr. Schuman died Feb. 15, 1992.

From the guide to the William Schuman collection sound recordings, 1939-1992, (The New York Public Library. Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.)

New York composer.

From the description of Correspondence with Margaret Naumburg, 1938. (University of Pennsylvania Library). WorldCat record id: 122619354

Composed 1937. Awarded 1st prize in the contest held by the Musicians Committee of the North American Committee to Aid Spanish Democracy, 1937. Prize was to consist of recording, publication and performance of the work. Neither recording, publication or performance (as a result of winning 1st prize) took place. Subsequent performances were not connected with the prize competition. First performance by the Greenwich Orchestra of the Works Progress Administration, New York, 25 May, 1938, Edgar Schenkman conducting.--Cf. Fleisher Collection.

From the description of Symphony no. II : in one movement / William Schuman. 1937. (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 443354669

Commissioned througn the United States Department of State for the National Commission for UNESCO. Composed summer 1955. First performance, benefit for UNESCO, Cincinnati, Ohio, 4 November 1955, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Thor Johnson conductor.--Cf. Fleisher Collection.

From the description of Credendum / William Schuman. [19--] (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 54114257

Composer, administrator.

From the description of Reminiscences of William Howard Schuman : oral history, 1977. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 309737209

Composer, former president of the Juilliard School.

From the description of Oral history conducted by Sharon Eisenhour, November 26, 1990. (University of Pennsylvania Library). WorldCat record id: 155894103

American composer.

From the description of The William Schuman interviews, 1977-1985 (inclusive). (Yale University). WorldCat record id: 122597469

An American composer and educator,

William Schuman was instructor at Sarah Lawrence College (1935-45), president of the Juilliard School of Music (1945-1962), director of publications for G. Schirmer (1945-1952), and president of Lincoln Center (1962-1968). In the 1970's he was chairman of the Norlin Foundation and of the MacDowell Colony. He was a founding director of the Charles Ives Society and a member of the board of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, the Naumburg and Koussevitzky Foundations, and of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Film Society of Lincoln Center, organizations which he founded. Mr. Schuman died Feb. 15, 1992.

From the description of Papers and records, 1933-1986. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122485994

William Schuman was an American composer and educator.

He was an instructor at Sarah Lawrence College (1935-1945), president of the Juilliard School of Music (1945-1962), director of publications for G. Schirmer (1945-1952), and president of Lincoln Center (1962-1968). In the 1970's he was chairman of the Norlin Foundation and of the MacDowell Colony. He was a founding director of the Charles Ives Society, and a member of the board of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, the Naumber and Koussevitzky Foundations, and of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Film Society of Lincoln Center, organizations which he founded. Mr. Schuman died Feb. 15, 1992.

From the description of William Schuman collection sound recordings, 1939-1992. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122606454

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