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Orpheus in ManhattanWilliam Schuman and the Shaping of America's Musical Life$
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Steve Swayne

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195388527

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195388527.001.0001

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Twenty-One. International Man of Music

Twenty-One. International Man of Music

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Orpheus in Manhattan

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Schuman's activities with the U.S. State Department are explored in this chapter. The national and international profile of the Juilliard School of Music had grown considerably in part because of the triumph of alumnus Van Cliburn in Moscow in 1957, the tour of the Juilliard Orchestra in 1958, and the decision (driven by Schuman) to have the school join the Metropolitan Opera and the New York Philharmonic in relocating to the Lincoln Square area. Schuman responded to this higher profile by expanding his own compositional palette, especially through his sustained interest in 12-tone music. This chapter concludes by suggesting that the growth in dissonance in the works Schuman composed in the 1960s is a direct result of his serial experiments in the late 1950s as well as his personal desire to be considered au courant.

Keywords:   U.S. State Department, Juilliard School of Music, Van Cliburn, twelve-tone music, dissonance

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