Seventeen. Delays and Diversions
Some worried that Schuman would stop composing once he became president of Juilliard. While this was not the case, the steady stream of compositions that marked his Sarah Lawrence years appeared to slow down. In the case of the Concerto for Violin and Orchestra from this period, the delay was more ascribable to the decision to postpone the first performance. In the case of George Washington Bridge, Schuman's major band work, it was the result of false starts and other interruptions. This chapter looks at the Violin Concerto and its various revisions as well as the summers spent on Martha's Vineyard, where Schuman alternated between outdoor recreation and intense composition.
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