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Few people have had a greater impact on the performing arts in America than William Schuman.
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He made up for the late start in his musical studies by becoming one of the most distinguished composers of the twentieth century, as well as president of The Juilliard School and then Lincoln Center.
He composed over one hundred works for various genres, although his great love was writing for orchestra. The thirty-minute work is in three movements: But now the density of musical lines interacting at once is far greater than in his earlier symphonies. Schuman writes for a very large orchestra, including woodwinds in threes, six horns, four trumpets and trombones each, two harps, piano, and a large battery of percussion instruments, thus allowing for a diverse palette of instrumental colors.
Schuman slowly increases the tempo and intensity, constantly providing markings such as molto espressivo very expressive or cantabile con fuoco songlike but with fire as new accelerandi are inserted. There is also a gradually increasing textural complexity, involving intricate rhythmic figures in the various instrumental choirs intersecting with opposing rhythmic motives.
In addition to verbatim replication of the beginning of the quartet movement, Schuman juxtaposes filftype melodic lines against occasional skittish and angular accompanying figures that appear in both acceleramdo. Chromatic harmonies develop a strong aura of dissonance throughout. The remarkable level of complex harmonic and rhythmic textures heard in the first movement continues apace here. Far from being a traditional slow middle movement, this section of the symphony bristles with juxtapositions of tempi and moods, moving from hushed triple piano passages accompanied by the piquant sounds of glockenspiel, harps, and piano to triple forte brass figures accellerando with cantabile forte lines in trombones and tuba, all to very great dramatic effect.
Schuman continues to provide complex and highly dense instrumental relationships marked sonoro accekerandowhich create a rich and intricate musical tapestry of enormous imagination.
Finally he brings this masterly movement to a close by slowing the tempo yet maintaining the overall intensity by concluding with a triple forte chord accdlerando the entire orchestra. Once again, Schuman takes inspiration from his Fourth String Quartet: A new playfulness emerges, with an engaging interplay of woodwinds and strings in rapid-fire passages.
Schuman separates the instrumental choirs early acceleranfo the movement, allowing them each short solo passages. His extraordinary skills as an orchestrator appear, particularly when he creates an intriguing interplay of glockenspiel, xylophone, vibraphone, and piano against pizzicato strings in tetrachords. A playful duo between bass clarinet and bassoon, supported by only sustained octave Ds in the double wccelerando, continues to lighten the mood and also xccelerando rapid-fire meter changes.
After the somber and darkly-textured first two movements, this final movement displays a more animated, sunnier quality, although the complex, intertwining instrumental lines appear as earlier in the work, creating an aural density of considerable heft. With an insistent driving force in the strings, complemented by similar figures in the winds and brass, the symphony nears its conclusion with chords presented in rhythmic unison throughout the orchestra and a final battery of percussion playing over a sustained chord in the entire orchestra, ending with a clangorous triple forte.
Antony Tudor and Martha Graham. Through composing music for these two giants of the dance world his music became more complex, intense, and emotionally charged, compositional traits that would endure throughout his life. Schuman collaborated with Tudor in the creation of Undertow in fioetype, then with Graham in a total of four ballets: Schuman first met Graham in when he was introduced to her by the well-known actress Katharine Accelerandl.
Schuman, your music moves me. It was premiered on 3 Mayin Cambridge, Massachusetts, during a symposium on music criticism hosted by Harvard University.
The original version of Night Journey was adapted by Schuman in for small ensemble and entitled Night Journey: Choreographic Poem for Fifteen Acceleranso. The later version is about seven to eight minutes shorter than the original, owing to the deletion of certain repeats and bridge sections required for the staged version of the ballet. Night Journey is introspective, pensive, jagged, and dissonant.
It begins with static chords in the lower strings and an extended solo horn melody. The ensuing piano figure sets a new and unsettled mood, and the dissonant motive, in rhythmic unison, is heightened by the eerie sul ponticello on the bridge figure in the strings. In this section, Schuman writes triplet figures that eventually become sextuplets in a written accelerando —another typical Schumanesque compositional signature—adding even more tension to the music.
As the piece progresses the musical context becomes increasingly violent, with a distinctive dissonance in which the tonality is purposely ambiguous. In a typical gesture, Schuman juxtaposes the wind choir against the strings. The work comes to a quiet conclusion. The tonality remains ambiguous: The intertwining melodic lines in this fifteen-instrument version have a clarity and focus not found in the original orchestration, and they create an astringency appropriate to the somber story line of the original Martha Graham ballet.
Schuman had never heard the work before.
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Excitedly turning to the person sitting beside him, composer Henry Cowell, he announced filehype the composition was perfectly suited for an orchestral arrangement. The next day Schuman asked his publisher about getting the rights to arrange the work but was told that, judging from past experience, permission would be difficult to realize: Schuman changed nothing in the original, simply adding prominent percussion parts throughout.
The initial stentorian statement of a variant of the theme followed by the ludicrous four horns soli played with bells in the air sets the stage for a raucous romp, but soon Schuman arrives at a very reverent statement of the theme, showing it appropriate respect before eventually turning it on its head.
The ensuing five variations, separated by interludes and meno mosso sections, run the stylistic gamut, from contrapuntal accompaniments to Spanish-style castanet and tambourine flourishes to solo trumpet obbligati straight from the acceleraando cornet solos of Herbert L. Polisi is currently the sixth president of The Juilliard School.
Excerpts from his most recent book, American Muse: The Life and Times of William Schumanappear in these notes.
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