Twenty-Nine. The Composer Reasserts Himself
Though Schuman knew it was unlikely he would ever accept a major administrative assignment again, it took some time for him to accept the shift in priorities. His demanding job now was to learn how to promote himself as a composer, not only with performing ensembles but also with his own publisher. Part of the promotion meant securing recordings of his works, and this chapter shows how some of Schuman's compositional decisions were made based on the possibility of a recording being made. This chapter also explores Schuman's cannibalization of his own works to create new ones and his struggle when asked to write a work for the Jewish High Holy Days services. It ends with a discussion of the high esteem in which Soviet Union composers and performers held Schuman.
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