Orpheus in Manhattan: William Schuman and the Shaping of Americas Musical Life by Steve Swayne

Orpheus in Manhattan: William Schuman and the Shaping of Americas Musical Life

bySteve Swayne

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Winner of the ASCAP Nicolas Slonimsky Award for Outstanding Musical BiographyThe musical landscape of New York City and the United States of America would look quite different had it not been for William Schuman. Orpheus in Manhattan, a fully objective and comprehensive biography of Schuman, portrays a man who had a profound influence upon the artistic and politicalinstitutions of his day and beyond. Steve Swayne 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 pungent, melodically long-breathed, and timbrally brilliant, and Swayne offers an astute analysis of his work, including many unpublished music scores. Swayne also describes Schuman'srole as president of the Juilliard School of Music and of Lincoln Center, tracing how he both expanded the boundaries of music education and championed the performing arts. Filled with new discoveries and revisions of the received historical narrative, Orpheus in Manhattan confirms Schuman as amajor figure in America's musical life.

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Steve Swayne is Professor of Music at Dartmouth College. He is also an accomplished concert pianist and an award-winning composer.
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Title:Orpheus in Manhattan: William Schuman and the Shaping of Americas Musical LifeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:712 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:April 15, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction: The Impact of a Single SymphonyPart 1: The Early Years1. The Family Tree2. A Kid Grows In Queens and Manhattan3. Camp Cobbossee (And a Summer Abroad)4. A Flash in Tin Pan Alley5. Frankie6. An Unconventional EducationPart 2: The Sarah Lawrence Years7. Sarah Lawrence and the Beginning of the Decade of War8. "The pupil is outdoing the master": Harris, Schuman, and the Second Symphony9. Schuman, Copland, Koussevitzky, and Bernstein10. Populism, Progressivism, and Politics11. World War II and the Prize-winning Composer12. The Modern Meteor I SingPart 3: The Juilliard Years13. Wringing the Changes14. Dancing in the Dark15. Family Matters16. An Old Religion, Two Champions, and a New Symphony17. Delays and Distractions18. Striking Out19. The (Mostly) Off-Stage Ambassador20. With an Eye on the Marketplace21. International Man of MusicPart 4: The Lincoln Center Years22. The Dream Defined23. Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed24. One Nightmare After Another25. The Potemkin Center26. The Deaths of the Dreamers27. The Death of the DreamPart 5: The Years of Completion28. The Administrator Reinvents Himself29. The Composer Reasserts Himself30. Round and Round and Round He Goes31. Bicentennial Fireworks32. Reflections and Ruminations33. Triplets34. The Wind Was With Him35. A Rare VintageEpilogue: Schuman and the Shaping of America's Musical Life