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Orpheus in Manhattan – William Schuman and the Shaping of America's Musical Life - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Orpheus in Manhattan: William Schuman and the Shaping of America's Musical Life

Steve Swayne


The musical landscape of New York City and the United States of America would look quite different had it not been for William Schuman. This book, the first 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. The book 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 ... More

Keywords: William Schuman, biography, American music, music composition, Sarah Lawrence College, The Juilliard School, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, music and American culture

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Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780195388527
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195388527.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Steve Swayne, author
Dartmouth University
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Part 1 The Early Years

Part 2 The Sarah Lawrence Years

Part 3 The Juilliard Years

Part 4 The Lincoln Center Years

Part 5 The Years of Completion