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William Howard Schuman (August 4, 1910 – February 15, 1992) was an #American #composer and arts administrator.
#Schuman left a substantial body of work. His "eight symphonies, numbered Three through Ten", his concerto for violin (1947, rev. 1959) has been hailed as among his "most powerful works ... it could almost be considered a symphony for violin and orchestra".
Other works include the 'New England Triptych' (1956, based on melodies by William Billings), the 'American Festival Overture' (1939), the #ballets 'Undertow' (1945) and 'Judith' (1949), the 'Mail Order Madrigals' (1972) to texts from the 1897 Sears Roebuck catalog, and two #operas, 'The Mighty Casey' (1953, based on Ernest Thayer's "Casey at the Bat") and 'A Question of Taste' (1989, after a short story by #RoaldDahl).
He also arranged Charles Ives' organ piece 'Variations on "America"' for orchestra in 1963, in which version it is better known. Another popular work by #WilliamSchuman is his 'George Washington Bridge' (1950), for concert band.
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