Orpheus in Manhattan: William Schuman and the Shaping of America's Musical Life

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Oxford University Press, 2014 - 692 Seiten
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Winner of the ASCAP Nicolas Slonimsky Award for Outstanding Musical Biography

The musical landscape of New York City and the United States of America would look quite different had it not been for William Schuman. Orpheus in Manhattan, a fully objective and comprehensive biography of Schuman, portrays a man who had a profound influence upon the artistic and political institutions of his day and beyond. Steve Swayne draws heavily upon Schuman's letters, writings, and manuscripts as well as unprecedented access to archival recordings and previously unknown correspondence. The winner of the first Pulitzer Prize in Music, Schuman composed music that is rhythmically febrile, harmonically pungent, melodically long-breathed, and timbrally brilliant, and Swayne offers an astute analysis of his work, including many unpublished music scores. Swayne also describes Schuman's role as president of the Juilliard School of Music and of Lincoln Center, tracing how he both expanded the boundaries of music education and championed the performing arts. Filled with new discoveries and revisions of the received historical narrative, Orpheus in Manhattan confirms Schuman as a major figure in America's musical life.

 

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The Impact of a Single Symphony
3
THE EARLY YEARS
7
THE SARAH LAWRENCE YEARS
77
THE JUILLIARD YEARS
177
THE LINCOLN CENTER YEARS
327
THE YEARS OF COMPLETION
413
William Schuman and the Shaping of Americas Musical Life
551
Notes
557
Bibliography
653
Composition Index
663
Index
667
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Steve Swayne is Jacob H. Strauss 1922 Professor of Music, and Music Department Chair at Dartmouth College. He is also an accomplished concert pianist and an award-winning composer.

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