Twenty. With an Eye on the Marketplace
Schuman's decision to leave Schirmer and to join Theodore Presser meant that his new publisher had very little of his music. Schuman set out to correct this situation by writing a number of shorter choral works that he thought would sell well. In fact, the major success of this period was a reworking of the William Billings Overture, a work that Schirmer had declined to publish. The new version, New England Triptych, quickly became Schuman's best-known composition. And while the more popular-oriented choral works he wrote at this time did not sell particularly well, the more serious Carols of Death was hailed as one of Schuman's best choral compositions. Schuman's other major film score (The Earth Is Born) is also examined in this chapter. This period in Schuman's life finds him trying to write works for the marketplace.
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