Thirty-Four. The Wind Was With Him
The chapter chronicles the white-hot collaboration Schuman had with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Richard Wilbur on the cantata On Freedom's Ground. Their correspondence provides a fascinating window into the creative process of these two men. Schuman himself could hardly believe how quickly the work went and credited his cardiologist for his new lease on life. In many ways, the cantata is the long-delayed bicentennial composition that Schuman had longed to write. The works composed soon after the cantata, however, do not all show the same originality and sweep. By this time in his life, Schuman was stepping down from the boards of the various organizations with which he had affiliated. But he still had creative ideas he needed to get out, including one on certificates of deposit that he thought would help support the arts.
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