November 5, 2015

George Washington Bridge

William Schuman

Born August 4, 1910, New York, New York

Died February 15, 1992, New York, New York

Instrumentation: Symphonic Band

Duration: 8 minutes

Composed: 1950

The composer writes,

There are a few days in the year when I do not see George Washington Bridge. I pass it on my way to work as I drive along the Henry Hudson Parkway on the New York shore. Ever since my...

August 5, 2010

In honor of a great composer of wind music, here is today's Composers Datebook, celebrating William Schuman's 100th birthday.

Composers Datebook audio (8/5/2010)

William Schuman at 100

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July 27, 2010

Below you can find information on the first movement of William Schuman's New England Triptych, entitled Be Glad Then, America.

William Schuman, New England Triptych, I. Be Glad Then, America

"The President's Own" United States Marine Band, Lt. Col. Jason Fettig, conductor

The program notes below are from

Be Glad Then, America

This composition is the first movement o...

July 26, 2010

Continuing with William Schuman's New England Triptych, you can find information on, and a recording of, the second movement, When Jesus Wept, below. We find again (as in all three movements of the Triptych), Schuman drawing his inspiration from a William Billings' hymn.

William Schuman, New England Triptych, II. When Jesus Wept

"The President's Own" United States Marine Band, Lt. Col. J...

July 25, 2010

Today, we will continue with the music of William Schuman and begin a series of three posts on his New England Triptych. This piece, as mentioned in yesterday's post, is made up of three movements that can all stand on their own. The three (in order) are Be Glad Then, America, When Jesus Wept, and Chester. Of the three, Chester is probably the most well-known, and therefore, we wi...

July 20, 2010

Today, two composers were featured on Composers Datebook: Aaron Copland and William Schuman. Although both of these composers played a role in wind and band development in the 20th century, today's blog post will focus on Schuman. Although the piece featured on Composers Datebook is not George Washington Bridge, the information is interesting nonetheless. You can find the Composers Dat...

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