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Episode 2

Duration:
1 hour
First broadcast:
Tuesday 04 October 2011

As the USA found itself at war in the early 1940s, William Schuman wrote the first of a series of patriotic works that would cement his place with Copland and Bernstein as one of America's leading composers. Donald Macleod introduces a rare performance of his cantata "A Free Song" - the first-ever composition to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music - as well as his Fifth Symphony, written the same year. We'll also hear perhaps Schuman's most enduring and most-performed work - the charming "New England Triptych" for orchestra, and hear how this one-time pop song plugger became the President of one of the greatest music institutions in the world: the Juilliard School.

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4 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
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    William Howard Schuman Quartettino for 4 bassoons

    Performer: The New York Bassoon Quartet: Bernadette Zirkuli, Julie Feves, Lauren Goldstein, Jane Taylor

    LEONARDA, LE-348

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    William Howard Schuman A Free Song (Secular Cantata No 2) for chorus and orchestra

    Conductor: Carlos KALMAR Performer: Grant Park Orchestra

    CEDILE, CDR90000125

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    William Howard Schuman Symphony for strings (Symphony no.5)

    Conductor: Gerard SCHWARTZ Performer: Seattle S O

    Naxos, 8.559317, -3

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    William Howard Schuman New England triptych

    Performer: Juilliard Ensemble

    New World Records, 80587, -5

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