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William Schuman

William Schuman (composer/teacher, born August 4, 1910, New York, New York; died February 15, 1992) Leonard Bernstein extols the "human qualities" of composer William Schuman's work: "compassion, fidelity, insight, and total honesty." Yet these attributes are not confined to his musical compositions. In a wide-ranging career, Schuman has addressed his ample talents to shaping the American musical experience as well. Schuman, whose early childhood was more concerned with baseball than with music, wrote his first piece--a tango--at age 16. Popular music and songs gave way to concert works as his studies progressed at Columbia University Teachers College and later with composer Roy Harris, who became a strong influence.


- Symphony No. 8