William Schuman, American composer,
born August 4, 1910, died February 15, 1992
Pursuant to the composer's wife's will which established the Trust, the William Schuman Music Trust ceased operations after Mr. Schuman's centennial year of 2010. The remaining funds were divided between the MacDowell Colony and The Juilliard School, as stipulated in her will. The family will continue to maintain the William Schuman website which is hosted now by The Juilliard School.
The purpose of the William Schuman Music Trust was to keep Schuman's music in the active repertoire. Over the course of its existence, the Trust dispersed over $130,000 to support recording, performance and research. Notable among the projects assisted by the Trust is the 5-CD boxed set by the Seattle Symphony under the baton of Gerard Schwarz (Naxos) containing all eight symphonies in the active catalogue (numbered 3-10), and a disc from Albany Records presenting the first recorded performances of three works: Prelude for Voices (an early setting of a text by Thomas Wolfe), A Free Song (a setting of Whitman's poem), and On Freedom's Ground, Schuman's last major work (a cantata with lyrics by Richard Wilbur).
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