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GUNTHER SCHULLER - COMPOSER

Price: $100.00

MINT CONDITION

Autographed 5 x 7 color photograph of the American composer, conductor, music innovator and administrator.

 

Schuller (1925-2015) was arguably the Dean of American Composer's at the time of his death.  Schuller was educated at a German boarding school for foreign children of German parentage and at the St. Thomas Choir School in New York City and was a largely self taught French hornist.  After filling in with the NBC Symphony under Arturo Toscanini at the age of 17, he was hired by the Cincinnati Orchestra as their principal French hornist the following year.  In 1945 he joined the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra where he stayed until 1959.  While there he began composing on the side and also expanded his love for Jazz.  He was recommended to Miles Davis and played French horn, on Miles Davis's "Birth of Cool" recording in 1950 and later in hisa version of "Porgy & Bess".  Schuller actually wrote the parts for each of Gil Evan's arrangements for the recordings.  Schuller, began with Davis to fuse classical and jazz and invented a new medium called "Third Stream Jazz" and worked with the likes of John Lewis, Charles Mingus and Ornette Coleman among others in this genre of jazz.  A successful composer and then educator, Schuller was the President of the New England Conservatory from 1967-1977, where among other things, he helped revive Ragtime, forming the New England Conservatory Ragtime Ensemble, which won a Grammy for their album, "The Red Back Book".  Schuller was also the Director of the Tanglewood School of Music, all of this without a college degree. (Despite the many honorary doctorates!)  Schuller as a composer and arranger was commissioned throughout the World, most notably by the New York Philharmonic, The Cleveland Orchestra, the Hamburg Stattsoper and the Boston Symphony Orchestra.  His work, "Seven Studies on Themes of Paul Klee" is his best known work.  In 2014, a year before his death, the composer was working to complete 19 commissions.  A veritable Schuller Renaissance.

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