With Donald Macleod. With his country at war in the 1940s, Schuman wrote a series of patriotic works that would that would cement his place as one of America's leading composers.
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.