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2022

CONCERT PREVIEW: West Stockbridge Historical Society presents the Rick McLaughlin Trio featuring Sheryl Bailey and Yoron Israel
Sep 18, 2022 | theberkshireedge.com

A concept that I really believe in comes from Gunther Schuller, and that’s the concept of the complete musician. The complete musician is a strong performer who can hear very deeply into the music being made and, by thinking both analytically and historically, can understand the greater context for it.
 

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“Sweet Sorrow” on Parting from NEC
Sep 10, 2022 | classical-scene.com

What good fortune it was to be appointed to the faculty of NEC right out of graduate school! Since I had been doing graduate work in theory and composition, the job was initially a theory position. But the newly appointed President, Gunther Schuller, himself a diverse musician who could not be pigeon-holed, was receptive to my multi-faceted interests and made sure from the first year that I was also involved in teaching piano and chamber music. 
 

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The Lenox Apple Squeeze will return after a three-year absence
Sep 6, 2022 | berkshireeagle.com

The Lenox Jazz Stroll begins Sept. 15 at the Lenox Library with a free 6 p.m. screening of George Schuller’s documentary, “The Modern Jazz Quartet: From Residency to Legacy.” Formed in 1952, the group helped develop The Music Inn’s School of Jazz on the grounds adjoining Wheatleigh. The film features Percy Heath, John Lewis, Dave Brubeck, Ornette Coleman, Jim Hall, Herb Pomeroy, Gunther Schuller, Stephanie Barber and others offering remembrances and anecdotes. George Schuller will present a Q&A session after the screening.
 

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Weston collection fills out Cincinnati Art Museum's contemporary works
Sep 2, 2022 | bizjournals.com

Weston’s interests in the arts were wide-ranging. She commissioned several orchestral works from Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Gunther Schuller. During a stay at her home, Schuller was inspired by her solstice and equinox photographs to write “An Arc Ascending.” The work was premiered by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra while her photographs were projected above the orchestra.
 

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New England Conservatory Announces Fall Classical Concerts Featuring A World Premiere & More
Sep 1, 2022 | broadwayworld.com

Performances by the NEC Philharmonia, Symphony, and Chamber Orchestra feature groundbreaking works by Jesse Montgomery, Silvestre Revueltas, Kati Agócs, Gunther SchullerHenry BrantGary Powell Nash, Erqing Wang, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, John Luther Adams, Anna Clyne, Michael Tippet, Charles Ives, Ludwig van BeethovenRichard StraussClaude Debussy, and many more.
 

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For Virginia Sindelar, music at the farm is what matters most
Aug 25, 2022 | valleybreeze.com

She went on to earn both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the famed Julliard School in New York City. There followed a Fromm Fellowship at Tanglewood for three summers, and she appeared as a soloist with the Berkshire Festival Orchestra under the direction of Gunther Schuller.
 

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St. Paul’s Union Chapel Welcomes the DaPonte String Quartet
Aug 25, 2022 | lcnme.com

Alexander Romanul made his debut at the age of 12 with the New England Conservatory Orchestra in the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto conducted by Gunther Schuller, with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in a Youth Concerts Series, and with the Boston Pops by express invitation of Arthur Fiedler.
 

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Ricky Ford: From Across The Sea
Aug 22, 2022 | allaboutjazz.com
 

As a youngster in the Boston area, Ford started out on drums. He picked up the saxophone at 15, inspired by Rahsaan Roland Kirk. Pianist Ran Blake heard him in a club and persuaded him to study music at the New England Conservatory. Ford soon joined the Duke Ellington Orchestra. He knew the music—which impressed his band mates—because he had already played on an album of Ellington music that Gunther Schuller recorded earlier that year at the conservatory.
 

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August Short Fuses – Materia Critica
Aug 5, 2022 | artsfuse.org

The list of Mingus masterworks far exceed what’s mentioned here — including the ballet suite The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady (Impulse) and the posthumously recorded epic Epitaph (Columbia), arranged by Gunther Schuller. There’s much Mingus that’s as good as Charles Mingus Presents, but nothing better.
 

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Rhythm in the Rocks
Jul 30, 2022 | syncopatedtimes.com

Gunther Schuller has discussed slave “rowing tunes,” where at least two observers wrote of the “rattle of the oars in the rowlocks” or the “rhythm of the row locks.” The sound drove the work and the song. Schuller wrote that the slave, conceiving “all rhythms as ‘rhythmicized’ melodies…maintained a basic, internally self-propelling continuum in his music,” a quality that “survived in jazz as ‘swing.”
 

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Duke Ellington Deserves the 1965 Pulitzer Prize
Jul 20, 2022 | nytimes.com
 

I once attended a lecture by the late composer and conductor Gunther Schuller, where he explained that a lot of Ellington’s chords are so dense they challenge even the trained ear to parse just what they consist of. “Far East Suite”’s opening, “Tourist Point of View,” is surely the kind of piece he had in mind, based on chords that sound like long, sassy scratches that somehow come off as infectious, with good rhythm only part of why.
 

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Tanglewood Opens With Successful Substitution
Jul 9, 2022 | classical-scene.com

One movement sounded elegiac rather than celebratory; the most extended and moving of the lot, it offered a memorial tribute to Gunther Schuller, who had played a large and varied role in the music of Boston and just about everywhere else.
 

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‘The artistically interesting thing to do’
Jun 30, 2022 | indianapublicmedia.org

Jazz scholar Gunther Schuller also cites Burns’ “rhythmic excitement, inner drive and energy” in his book THE SWING ERA, and also champions Burns as a force for pushing jazz orchestras “beyond the requisites of dance music.” 
 

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DIARY: Tuesday, June 21, 2022
Jun 21, 2022 | clevelandclassical.com

And on this date in 2015, multi-faceted composer and musician Gunther Schuller died in Boston at 89. Formerly president of the New England Conservatory, he brought that experience to bear on his commencement address at the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2015. His lifelong campaign to bridge the gap between classical music and jazz is symbolized in his 1987 concert with the New England Ragtime Ensemble at Wolf Trap, and his purely classical side is represented by his orchestral work Seven Studies on Themes of Paul Klee, discussed and then performed here.
 

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‘The artistically interesting thing to do’
May 31, 2022 | isthmus.com

The “Art of the Rag” on June 25 explores early ragtime; “From Rags to Jazz” follows ragtime’s path to early jazz. Ragtime greats like Scott Joplin (“Maple Leaf Rag”), James Reese Europe (“Castle Walk”), Jelly Roll Morton (“Grandpa’s Spells”), Gunther Schuller (“Sandpoint Rag”), and my personal favorite, Eubie Blake (“Charleston Rag”) are all on the docket.
 

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Charles Mingus @ 100
May 24, 2022 | downbeat.com

His music encompasses a range of influences as broad as his non-musical interests, a point made by his friend and sometime collaborator, the late composer, conductor and musicologist Gunther Schuller. “All of this incredible volatility in his personality, and variety ... that all comes out in his music,” Schuller said in the 1997 documentary Mingus–Triumph of the Underdog. “His music is one of the widest ranging musics you can find composed by one single human being.”
 

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‘Epitaph,’ Mingus’ Magnum Opus
May 24, 2022 | downbeat.com

The work was later championed by Gunther Schuller, who conducted the first complete concert version at Lincoln Center in 1989 with a band that included Wynton Marsalis, Snooky Young and Randy Brecker on trumpets, and George Adams and John Handy on saxophones. Sony/Columbia released the recording as a double album the following year. Schuller oversaw another version in 2007, which played in New York, Chicago, Cleveland and Los Angeles with Christian McBride on bass.
 

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‘The artistically interesting thing to do’
May 24, 2022 | hyperallergic.com

The music for Kandinsky’s extravaganza was provided by a friend of his youth, Russo-Ukrainian composer Thomas de Hartmann. What survives of it (reconstructed from sketches by Gunther Schuller) sounds almost liturgical, quasi-medieval, though often clotted with modern harmonies. 
 

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Column: San Diego’s Classics 4 Kids is back with life-changing live performances
May 14, 2022 | sandiegouniontribune.com

For the segment devoted to Gunther Schuller’s 1962 “Journey Into Jazz” composition, the orchestra will be joined by high-school musicians from San Diego’s Young Lions Jazz Conservatory. The narration for the piece, which tells the story of a young trumpeter’s jazz-related adventures, will be done by actor Yurel Echezarreta from Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story.” The trumpet solos will be played by Young Lions Conservatory member Ben Delgado. The members of the “It’s About Time” ensemble will also perform on their own.
 

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Saxophonist Ricky Ford crosses the ocean for a jazz tribute to Langston Hughes in Roxbury
May 12, 2022 | bostonglobe.com

A friend introduced Ford to Ran Blake, who got him into NEC. Elma Lewis introduced Ford to Mercer Ellington, who hired him on the spot to join the Duke Ellington Orchestra at age 20. His new bandmates were astonished that a musician so young was so familiar with the Ellington charts, but Ford notes that he had already played on an album of Ellington music that NEC president Gunther Schuller had recorded earlier that year.
 

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Guided by improvisation, Donal Fox will "Confound the Genre Police" at the Gilmore Piano Festival
May 10, 2022 | wmuk.org

Classically trained from a young age but with an unquenchable thirst for improvisation, Fox says one of his mentors was the leader of the New England Conservatory of Music, Gunther Schuller. Schuller required jazz students to learn Mozart and classical students to learn Charlie Parker. 
 

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5 Minutes That Will Make You Love the Horn
May 4, 2022 | nytimes.com

The French horn — a rather exotic instrument in the history of jazz — has among its most creative practitioners Willie Ruff, John Graas, David Amram, Gunther Schuller, John Clark and Chris Komer; I just composed a piece for Komer and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. But we always have to mention Julius Watkins, considered by many the father of the modern jazz French horn, and a good example of his masterful work — transcribed by the Brazilian hornist-composer Victor Prado — is this interesting improvised solo on “Phantom’s Blues,” recorded with the Quincy Jones Orchestra in 1960.
 

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‘Dimitri Mitropoulos: The Complete RCA and Columbia Album Collection’ Review: A Lengthy Ovation for a Grand Conductor
May 3, 2022 | wsj.com

He also championed American scores, everything from the nostalgia trips of Morton Gould to the Third Stream aspirations of Gunther Schuller, with Leon Kirchner’s Piano Concerto No. 1 (featuring the composer at the keyboard) and Peter Mennin’s Symphony No. 3 particularly convincing.
 

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Charles Mingus: A Jazz Giant’s Glorious Excesses
Apr 19, 2022 | wsj.com

However colorful Mingus’s life, it’s not the sensational aspects of his story that make him endure. Like singer Billie Holiday and saxophonist Charlie Parker, what makes Mingus matter is his music. The musical polymath Gunther Schuller called him “one of the greatest composers of the 20th century.” But even that encomium doesn’t adequately encompass him.
 

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There *is* a plan to save George Morrison’s home in Whittier
Apr 9, 2022 | denverite.com

According to articles we found at the Denver Public Library, he was born in Fayette, Mo., in 1891 and moved to Boulder in 1899. He came from a family of musicians, and told jazz historian Gunther Schuller that all the Morrison men who came before him were fiddlers.
 

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Lara Downes Launches the Next Scott Joplin Revival
Feb 21, 2022 | sfcv.org

Then Gunther Schuller and his New England Conservatory Ragtime Ensemble revved up the revival with orchestrations for the album The Red Back Book, and Marvin Hamlisch sealed it with his adaptations for the hit film The Sting. Star performers like Itzhak Perlman and Jean-Pierre Rampal rushed to cover Joplin rags, and Treemonisha got on the boards at last, hailed by many, given the deluxe boxed-LP-set treatment by Deutsche Grammophon. 
 

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Emotivo reencuentro con los públicos en las Semanas Musicales de Frutillar 2022
Feb 1, 2022 | forumopera.com

Un momento memorable de esta versión fue la presentación del Quinteto Sinfónico, integrado por Rodrigo Herrera (oboe), Ricardo Aguilera (corno), Carmen Almarza (flauta), Alejandro Ortíz (clarinete) y Efraín Vidal (fagot). Esto, por la inclusión de una obra del gran compositor estadounidense Gunther Schuller, pionero en la fusión de técnicas modernas y el jazz.

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27 janvier 1972 : il y a 50 ans, une renaissance de Scott Joplin
Jan 27, 2022 | forumopera.com

Parmi les orchestrateurs de cette partition posthume, Gunther Schuller a enregistré sa version pour Deutsche Grammophon peu après sa redécouverte, avec l'opéra de Houston et la regrettée Carmen Balthtrop, disparue en septembre dernier, dans le rôle titre, qu'elle reprendra sur scène à Broadway (on peut en voir des extraits sur YouTube). Voici le merveilleux finale de cette partition unique, l'occasion de rendre hommage au grand musicien qu'était Scott Joplin.

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Toronto Guitarist-Composer James Brown Returns to Recording After Decade-Plus Break on "Song Within the Story," To Be Released March 18 on NGP Records
Jan 26, 2022 | wfmz.com

While he continued his classical curriculum, Brown also began attending informal jam sessions, slowly recalibrating his creative trajectory. (He eventually did the same with his studies, focusing on Gunther Schuller's Third Stream music for his master's degree.) 

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‘I was so close to the sky. It was spiritual’: Sonny Rollins on jazz landmark The Bridge at 60
Jan 21, 2022 | theguardian.com

Between 1956 and 1958, after a series of brilliant small-band albums including Saxophone Colossus and Way Out West, Rollins was acclaimed by the New Yorker’s Whitney Balliett as “possibly the most incisive and influential jazz instrumentalist since Charlie Parker”, while the jazz/classical musicologist Gunther Schuller wrote that the thematic fertility and coherence of the young genius’s off-the-cuff improvisations “held together as perfect compositions”.

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When Duke Ellington Played Carnegie Hall
Jan 20, 2022 | highbrowmagazine.com

“He would just play, improvising, more-or-less fooling around, ruminating as it were," recalls composer Gunther Schuller, who once stayed in the next hotel room over. "Sometimes for long periods of time, working on some melody or motif, trying out some harmonic progression or a chain of chords, always so beautifully voiced."

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Rapid Testing: Thomas Wilkins Navigates the LA Phil Down Duke Ellington’s River
Jan 15, 2022 | sfcv.org

I was somewhat surprised to discover that these will be the Philharmonic’s first performances of The River and Black, Brown and Beige. After Ellington died in 1974, composer Gunther Schuller wrote an essay arguing his music should now become part of the repertoire. Is that finally happening? If so, what took so long?

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Odyssey Opera Releases Gounod’s Queen
Jan 15, 2022 | classical-scene.com
 

Boston’s Odyssey Opera’s Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s The Importance of Being EarnestGunther Schuller’s The Fisherman and His Wife (first performed at the New England Conservatory), and Norman Dello Joio’s The Trial at Rouen have been previously welcomed on these pages. 
 

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L’épitaphe de Charles Mingus, le gigantisme à l'état pur
Jan 5, 2022 | francemusique.fr

L’œuvre est reconstituée par Gunther Schuller, ami et collaborateur de Charles Mingus, et recréée le 3 juin 1989.

 

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In honor of the New Year, these are the best beginnings ever
Jan 4, 2022 | poughkeepsiejournal.com

"The clarion call of 'West End Blues' served notice that jazz had the potential capacity to compete with the highest order of previously known musical expression," wrote composer and musicologist Gunther Schuller.

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2021

Margo Guryan, RIP
Nov 11, 2021 | brooklynvegan.com

Born in New York City in 1937, Margo attended the Lenox School of Jazz in 1959 where, alongside fellow students Ornette Coleman and Don Cherry, she was taught by Bill Evans, Max Roach, Milt Jackson, Jim Hall, John Lewis and Gunther Schuller, and others. She had her first songwriting success in 1967 with "Think of Rain," which was recorded by Harry Nilsson, Bobby Sherman, Claudine Longet and others. "Sunday Mornin'" was also a hit for Oliver, and Glenn Campbell and Bobbie Gentry recorded it as a duet.
 

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Margo Guryan (30 septembre 1937-10 novembre 2021)
Nov 11, 2021 | popnews.com

Elle écrit ensuite des paroles pour deux titres d’Ornette Coleman, Lonely Woman et Una Muy Bonita (rebaptisé To Welcome the Day). En 1964, son premier mari, Bob Brookmeyer, enregistre, avec Stan Getz, Time For Two sur son album Bob Brookmeyer and Friends. Enfin, plus récemment, Edwin, un morceau écrit pour le fils de Gunther Schuller, a été repris par le frère de celui-ci, George Schuller (sur l’album Listen Both Ways, 2010).
 

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American Symphony Orchestra Announces 60th Anniversary Season Lineup
Nov 11, 2021 | broadwayworld.com

Night Creature for Jazz Band and Orchestra (Arr. Luther Henderson, Ed. Gunther Schuller)
 

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Darnell Howard: A Musician’s Life, Part Two
Aug 31, 2021 | syncopatedtimes.com

Howard’s violin is a rarity on record, so his solos on two recordings of “Cavernism” provide a hint as to what impressed so many contemporaries. In The Swing Era, Gunther Schuller gives special praise to Howard’s violin on the Brunswick version.

 

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Michael Morgan, Sacramento And Oakland Conductor Who Championed Diversity In Classical Music, Dies At 63
Aug 26, 2021 | capradio.com

While at Tanglewood he studied with conducting legends Gunther Schuller and Seiji Ozawa and even had an opportunity to work with Leonard Bernstein.

 

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Chicago Symphony Orchestra Toots Its Golden Horns in Triumphant Return to Live Performance
May 28, 2021 | news.wttw.com

It [“Fanfare for the Common Man”] was followed by Gunther Schuller’s fascinating, intensely difficult, mood-shifting and all too rarely heard work, “Symphony for Brass and Percussion,” an ideal showcase for this gathering of musicians.

 

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When Boston Ruled the Music World
Apr 9, 2021 | nytimes.com

When I moved to Boston, Schuller was in the final years of his transformative tenure as president of the New England Conservatory. There he had established the first degree-granting jazz program at a major American conservatory — bringing in the pianist Ran Blake to chair it as well as hiring giants to teach, including Jaki Byard and George Russell.

 

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LE JAZZ ET L’OPERA, COUSINS GERMAINS
Feb 14, 2021 | citizenjazz.com

Il est intéressant de songer, de ce point de vue, que deux des théoriciens les plus brillants du jazz y sont, eux aussi, allés de leur opéra. Gunther Schuller [5], le père du Third Stream, et André Hodeir ont tous les deux signé un opéra en 1966. Pour l’Américain, corniste à vingt ans au Metropolitan Opera Orchestra et futur chef d’orchestre et arrangeur de Treemonisha avant de créer le Modern Jazz Quartet, ce fut The Visitation, inspiré d’une nouvelle de Kafka, imprégné de sérialisme (Schuller est réputé pour être un excellent chef pour les œuvres de... Berg, encore lui !). The Visitation fut joué principalement en Europe, puisque la création se fit à Hambourg avec, notamment, Albert Mangelsdorff au trombone [6] .

 

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Accomplished Musicians Honor Family’s legacy with Three Tributes
Feb 5, 2021 | einnews.com

The late Gunther Schuller was one of the 20th Century’s music stars as composer, conductor, author and administrator. He was a great admirer of their father’s bass playing, and a good friend.

 

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Review: PSO evokes America with latest digital concert
Jan 22, 2021 | post-gazette.com

After jazz came another American musical idiom, the blues, courtesy of Gunther Schuller and his “Suite for Woodwind Quintet,” which retained the genre’s familiar rhythm.

 

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2020

Not a wonderful world: why Louis Armstrong was hated by so many
Dec 17, 2020 | theguardian.com

Gunther Schuller, the noted American jazz critic, remarked that “creepy tentacles of commercialism” had laid bare a “wasteland” in Armstrong’s career for more than 40 years.

 

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Three Tributes: music by Kevin Puts, Andrea Clearfield and Gunther Schuller
Oct 28, 2020 | planethugill.com

Gunther Schuller was a friend of Henry Freeman's and a great admire [sic] of his bass playing. Schuller's Sonata for Two Pianos was commissioned in 2010 and premiered in 2013. It is in three movements, Allegro energico, Andante, and Quarter note (dotted quarter note)=69-72. With his sonata we plunge into a more challenging world, Schuller's style is neither lyric nor romantic, and he utilises his two players to create dazzling textures, spiky harmonies and edgy atmosphere. There are moments when contemporary jazz seems edge in, and the opening of the second movement has a real bluesy feel to it though things get spiky almost immediately, whilst the busy third movement seems to be all about dynamic textures.

 

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THE SOUND OF SPOKANE
Oct 7, 2020 | spokesman.com

Gunther Schuller, a giant in the international music world and future Pulitzer Prize-winner, signs on to become the interim principal conductor. Bumper stickers around Spokane announce, “Gunther is coming!” Schuller heals the wounds of the last two years and provides instant national respect.

 

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TEXTURA REVIEWS GUNTHER SCHULLER: THE FISHERMAN AND HIS WIFE
Jun 24, 2020 | bmop.org

In certain respects, The Fisherman and His Wife picks up where last year's recording by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP) and Odyssey Opera, the 2020 Grammy Award-winning Fantastic Mister Fox, left off. Both are delightful, ‘family friendly' operas based on endearing tales, Roald Dahl for Tobias Picker's and The Brothers Grimm (its libretto adaptation by John Updike) for Gunther Schuller's. There are differences: in contrast, for example, to the three-act structure of Picker's, Schuller's is a concise one-act work whose thirteen scenes total, on this recording, sixty-five minutes. The piece has been performed in Boston twice: by the Opera Company of Boston in 1970, the year it was written, with the composer conducting; and by BMOP and Odyssey Opera in 2015 after his death.

 

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Opera CD Review: Gunther Schuller’s Splendid 1970 Children’s Opera Gets Its World-Premiere Recording
May 17, 2020 | artsfuse.org

How wonderful to encounter an opera that sounds fresh and imaginative and has never been recorded before!

 

The Fisherman and His Wife, by Gunther Schuller (1925-2015), was first performed in 1970 at the Savoy Theater (known since 1980 as the Boston Opera House) by Sarah Caldwell’s intrepid and inventive Opera Company of Boston. It seems not to have been performed much since then.

 

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GAPPLEGATE REVIEWS GUNTHER SCHULLER: THE FISHERMAN AND HIS WIFE
May 7, 2020 | bmop.org

The beautifully involved expression of orchestra and vocalists has an original Modernity and definite traces of Jazz soundings in an inimitable way. The orchestration has subtle brilliance, power and chromatic heft. Each scene has like a modern abstract painting a surface and a depth that becomes more apparent and revealing the more one is exposed.

 

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Gunther Schuller: Of Reminiscences And Reflections
Apr 24, 2020 | oberon481.typepad.com

Passing some of the time while sheltering in place by re-reading my twenty-volume opera diary, I came upon an entry dating from the Spring of 1997 detailing a concert by the Hartford Symphony. It seems that I was very taken that evening with a work by Gunther Schuller entitled Of Reminiscences And Reflections. I'd never heard this music again after that first encounter, but I got to wondering how I would feel about it now.

 

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Boston Modern Orchestra Project and Odyssey Opera Release Schuller’s “The Fisherman and His Wife”
Apr 21, 2020 | netheatregeek.com

The Fisherman and His Wife is based on the Grimm Fairytale. As forwarned [sic] by the orchestra, this isn’t your Dad’s happy-go-lucky, Disneyfied fairy tale. Schuller and librettist John Updike set the German tale with its depressing end. It tells of humanity’s great greed and warns that abusive marriages without respectful boundaries are doomed to fail.

 

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BMOP/sound Releases Schuller’s The Fisherman and His Wife
Apr 7, 2020 | musicalamerica.com

Known as the nation’s foremost label launched by an orchestra and devoted exclusively to new music, Grammy Award-winning BMOP/sound today announced the release of Gunther Schuller: The Fisherman and His Wife led by conductor Gil Rose and performed by two of Boston’s leading musical ensembles—the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP) and Odyssey Opera.

 

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2018

Music Appreciation: Gunther Schuller – The Eloquent Ear
Jun 30, 2015 | artsfuse.org

Gunther Schuller, who died on June 21 at 89, was animated by paradoxes. He liked to brag that he was “a high school dropout without a single earned degree.” And yet he was a transformative educator. He was a classical composer and performer who was passionate about jazz, and even played in jazz ensembles. In particular, he often compared jazz improvisations favorably with the finest classical compositions. And yet, in writing about jazz, he tended to give primacy of place to composers. A few improvised bars of music by Louis Armstrong, Art Tatum, Sonny Rollins, or Ornette Coleman might be the equal of Strauss, Debussy, or Schoenberg, but it was, finally, composition that mattered most: Jelly Roll Morton, Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus. And he raised some hackles when he drew attention to evidence that many of the finest “improvised” solos played in the Duke Ellington orchestra were, in fact, written-out set pieces. He coined the term Third Stream to describe the fusion of classical and jazz elements, maybe in part to reconcile that particular paradox. But the main thing was that he heard all music – at least, music he thought of as having any worth – on a single continuum.

 

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2017

Barney Frank Sees Connection Between Arts and Politics
Oct 5, 2017 | wrti.org

Former Congressman Barney Frank was on stage at Chamber Orchestra FIRST EDITIONS concerts in Swarthmore, Haverford, and Center City last week to narrate a classic 1962 work in the style of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, but with a jazz twist.

Gunther Schuller's Journey Into Jazz explores one boy’s journey from classical music to jazz. WRTI's Susan Lewis talked with Frank about his surprising role in this production, and the parallels between music and politics.

 

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Scott Joplin: American Giant
Apr 14, 2017 | sfcv.org

But decades after his death, a trust established by Joplin’s widow commissioned a new version of the score, orchestrated by Moore’s friend William Bolcom, and a second orchestration, by Gunther Schuller, was produced by the Houston Grand Opera, recorded on Deutsche Grammophon, and moved on to Broadway.

 

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A QUEST TO RENAME THE WILLIAMSBURG BRIDGE FOR SONNY ROLLINS
Apr 5, 2017 | newyorker.com

“Jazz itself was moving at an incredibly fast rate at that time. For Sonny Rollins, getting away from it all was, I think, a chance to reassess his role in a rapidly changing world.” Kwami Coleman, a musicologist and jazz pianist who writes on black musical avant-gardism, evoked “Sonny Rollins and the Challenge of Thematic Improvisation,” an article by Gunther Schuller, published in a 1958 issue of The Jazz Review. “Basically, Sonny Rollins had mastered this way of improvising using themes and theme fragments—inventing melodies and fragments of melodies, and developing them in a way that was not unlike how Beethoven might develop a theme in one of his symphonies,” Coleman explained to me. “With Sonny Rollins, we reached a new level in jazz, where the improviser was now a consummate artist, a composer. It’s not composition in the sense of writing it down in notation—it’s happening live, in the moment. Sonny Rollins is that dude. He’s the continuation of Charlie Parker. He’s the top tenor player.” Coleman agreed that Rollins was likely doing more than just woodshedding. “I imagine he was looking for a new direction in 1959.”

 

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N.W.A’s ‘Straight Outta Compton,’ Eagles ‘Greatest Hits’ make Library of Congress’ 2016 picks
Mar 29, 2017 | latimes.com

Others chosen from more than a century of sound recordings are Harry Richman’s 1929 hit “Puttin’ on the Ritz,” “The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery” album from 1960 and pianist Gunther Schuller’s 1976 recording of ragtime composer Scott Joplin’s opera “Treemonisha.”

 

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Review: The Boston Symphony’s Radiant Precision
Mar 3, 2017 | nytimes.com

The Boston ensemble is infinitely persuasive, from Mozartian elegance to the slouchy jazz of one of Gunther Schuller’s “Seven Studies on Themes of Paul Klee” to the lilting rhythms of Ravel’s “Le Tombeau de Couperin.”

 

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Is Maelzel the Boss?
Feb 17, 2017 | classical-scene.com

Gunther Schuller, who died two years ago at age 89, made his home in Boston ever since 1967, when he arrived to direct the now 150-year-old New England Conservatory of Music. His relationship with the Boston Symphony, which includes commissions and over 100 performances, stretches from 1959. The renowned conductor, orchestra player, and writer, composed abundantly for orchestra in his long career; the BSO had performed his well-known Seven Studies on Themes of Paul Klee (1959) either complete or in part over 30 times before last night.

 

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American Brass Quintet Releases Album of Commissioned Works
Jan 13, 2017 | broadwayworld.com

The American Brass Quintet's commissions by Robert Beaser, William Bolcom, Elliott Carter, Eric Ewazen, Anthony Plog, Huang Ruo, David Sampson, Gunther Schuller, William Schuman, Joan Tower and Charles Whittenberg, among many others, are considered significant contributions to contemporary chamber music and the foundation of the modern brass quintet repertoire.

 

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2016

13 Best Classical Music Recordings Of The Year
Dec 27, 2016 | wbur.org

You may have multiple recordings of Gunther Schuller’s contrabass tuba concerto, but do you have one that includes David Lang’s arranged "Are You Experienced?" for electric tuba (that’s a thing) and narrator (the great late composer Steven Stucky)?

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Colorado Public Television to premier Glenn Miller Documentary
Dec 21, 2016 | fortmorgantimes.com

“[The Miller sound] was nevertheless very special and able to penetrate our collective awareness that few other sounds have,” writes jazz critic Gunther Schuller. The documentary establishes that Miller’s unique sound has its roots in the musical influences he experienced in Fort Morgan.

 

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Recommended Dose: Our Favorite Dance Tracks Of November
Dec 1, 2016 | npr.org

Layers of woodwinds (some from Gunther Schuller, others from Kitaro) float into an atmosphere where playful organ drones and electronic bugs — and, by the end, koto-like strings — create a sonic zone easily recognizable as an artificial construct, pushing and pulling at authenticity.
 

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Finding and promoting the Coplands and Stravinskys of today
Nov 16, 2016 | gramophone.co.uk

From the beginning, the CSO’s dedication to new music made it immediately attractive for many composers who came to Cincinnati and performed here with the orchestra: Elgar, Strauss, Saint-Saëns, Varèse, Respighi, Scriabin, Rachmaninov, Gershwin, Stravinsky, Bartók, Copland, Bernstein, Gunther Schuller, Penderecki and John Adams…Promoting contemporary music was always part of the vision and the mission of this orchestra.

 

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Merging Schuller’s Threads
Oct 19, 2016 | classical-scene.com

The faculty and students of Berklee School of Music and Boston Conservatory at Berklee teamed up last week at the Berklee Performance Center for “Schuller: A Musical Celebration,” a celebration of Gunther Schuller’s jazz arrangements, classical chamber compositions, and a third-stream work. It followed an earlier recognition last month (see BMInt’s “Heply Digging Schuller”).
 

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Heply Digging Schuller
Oct 8, 2016 | classical-scene.com

Friendship from two worlds lit up MIT’s packed but intimate Killian Hall Tuesday as “Streams of Expression and Love: Joe Lovano Celebrates Gunther Schuller” emphasized the composer as jazz musician and collaborator. Having famously performed with Miles Davis on parts of Birth of the Cool, Schuller would go on to work with Eric Dolphy, Ornette Coleman, and Charles Mingus as a composer, arranger, and conductor. The collaboration between Berklee faculty member and acclaimed tenor saxophonist Lovano and musical polymath Schuller is one of those important links in the chain of the jazz collaboration, culminating in their Grammy-nominated 1994 album Rush Hour.
 

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DSO brings jolt of jazz age syncopation, blues to concert
Oct 7, 2016 | freep.com

The cross-pollination of classical music and jazz is a major subplot of 20th-Century music, dating back to Debussy, Stravinsky and Charles Ives' early winks at ragtime. The so-called Third Stream composers at midcentury, including jazz men like John Lewis and classical stalwarts like Gunther Schuller, proposed a new fusion. Today, examples of classical and jazz composers — and improvisers — who draw from both traditions are ubiquitous.

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Princeton marks centenary of composer’s birth
Sep 9, 2016 | app.com

The piece in question, a commission titled “Transfigured Notes,” was cancelled three times by the orchestra and finally termed “unplayable” in 1989 by conductor Hans Vonk. It was performed, however, in 1991 by an ensemble extensively rehearsed by conductor Gunther Schuller.
 

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At Lincoln Center
Sep 2, 2016 | lbr.co.uk

The Third Stream, a synthesis of classical music and jazz, was first dreamed up by the French horn player and composer Gunther Schuller, in a 1957 lecture at Brandeis University. Schuller didn’t mean ‘jazz with strings’, that schmaltzy mid-century favourite, or injecting fugues into blues pieces, but rather a rigorous and probing combination of jazz sonorities and improvisation with modern classical techniques and structures.
 

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Steven Stucky celebrated by peers and students at Tanglewood
Jul 13, 2016 | bostonglobe.com

For the second time in as many years, Tanglewood's annual Festival of Contemporary Music — one of the signature events of the Tanglewood Music Center, the festival's educational and training arm — will be marked by the absence of a cherished American composer who was to have been its focus. Last year's gathering included a concert planned as a salute to Gunther Schuller, which became a memorial when Schuller died in June.

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Grab these compelling new albums by Boston musicians
Jul 7, 2016 | bostonglobe.com

Wheeler writes in the liner notes that like Thomson did, he uses the piano “as a sketch pad,” a place to test out ideas or draft musical likenesses of friends and colleagues. Those so depicted include the composers Gunther Schuller and Arthur Berger, the biographer Megan Marshall, and the physician and visual artist Peter Stringham, among many others. The music offers a stream of fresh and inventive ideas, with hints of minimalism and ragtime. 

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Helping Jazz Composers Think Big
Jul 6, 2016 | wsj.com

Yet for many composers steeped in jazz tradition, the symphony is their orchestra—or, at least, their ambition. If the “Third Stream”—somewhere between classical music and jazz—that Gunther Schuller proposed more than a half-century ago hasn’t exactly materialized, our stream of symphonic music has nevertheless been amply fed by so-called jazz composers—including this year’s Pulitzer Prize winner, Henry Threadgill.
 

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Joe Lovano’s Tribute to Gunther Schuller, June 5 at Sundin Hall
May 11, 2016 | jazzpolice.com

On June 5 at 4 pm, The Chamber Music Society of Minnesota presents  Grammy Award-winning saxophonist and Blue Note recording artist, Joe Lovano, in a tribute concert to the late composer and educator Gunther Schuller, in Sundin Hall on the Hamline University campus in St Paul.
 

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The local people, places, and institutions that have helped the Boston scene thrive
Mar 31, 2016 | bostonglobe.com

NEC took the plunge in 1967 when the renowned Renaissance man Gunther Schuller became president, and shortly thereafter established a jazz and improvisation program with his deputy, pianist Ran Blake. As the years passed, the schools developed a yin/yang dynamic: Berklee more business-oriented, NEC more artsy. 
 

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Sherman Throws Gravity Waves and Curveballs
Mar 25, 2016 | classical-scene.com

Youngish concertgoers and musicians who are not yet old will find it very difficult to imagine either the sea change that took place in the classical music environment in mid-1960s Boston, or the elevation of informed discourses thereon. The reason was the arrivals of accomplished musicologist Michael Steinberg at the Globe, then the working hornist, educator, and composer Gunther Schuller, who, as NEC president, engaged the serious piano prodigy (and Edward Steuermann student) Russell Sherman.

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Knussen and the BBCSO Introduce New Works by Schuller and Benjamin
Mar 20, 2016 | seenandheard-international.com

Gunther Schuller’s Dreamscape was written to a 2012 commission by the Tanglewood Music Center for a piece lasting ten or so minutes. The entire content of the work presented itself to Schuller in a dream, the memory of which fortunately lasted long enough for the composer quickly to write down in short form what he had experienced.
 

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Ran Blake Remembers Gunther Schuller
Mar 19, 2016 | jazztimes.com

On June 21, 2015, the world lost a great artist and visionary leader, one who will be sorely missed. Gunther Schuller was my lifelong mentor and teacher, and one of my best friends. He was a performer, composer, conductor, writer, publisher, improviser, educator, administrator and avid listener and concertgoer. Gunther Schuller was truly the compleat musician.

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BBC SO / Knussen @ Barbican Hall, London
Mar 18, 2016 | musicomh.com

This concert saw the UK premieres of two works, both loosely linked by the theme of dreams. The late Gunther Schuller’s Dreamscape was composed in 2012, and the composer (who died last year) claimed that the piece came to him in a dream. This may account for its brevity – a mere ten minutes or so of music framed in three movements – and its slightly unfocused feel. Schuller did not delineate the contents of the dream, so listeners were left with only an impression of feverish activity and bursts of energy, punctuated by brash gestures on strings and brass.

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CSO's 'Enigma' Variations fresh, inspired
Jan 23, 2016 | cincinnati.com

After intermission, the CSO gave the world premiere of Gunther Schuller’s “Symphonic Triptych,” his final symphonic work. The orchestra dedicated its performance to the late Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, who died at age 89 in June.
 

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2015

In Memoriam 2015
Dec 30, 2015 | wamu.org

He once said, “I have simultaneously had seven full-time careers in music.” That just about sums up this Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, conductor and educator who bridged classical music and jazz — and collaborated with colleagues ranging from Miles Davis to Frank Zappa.
 

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The notable figures who died in 2015
Dec 30, 2015 | bostonglobe.com

Sounding their final notes in 2015 were artists representing every musical genre, from rock and pop to jazz, classical, and bluegrass. Composer-conductor Gunther Schuller's stellar career included co-founding the Modern Jazz Society and serving as Tanglewood Music Center's artistic director.

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CSO Awarded $40,000 NEA Grant
Dec 14, 2015 | broadwayworld.com

Funds from the NEA will support commissions and premieres of new works including related educational activities. The premiere of "Symphonic Triptych," one of the last compositions by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Gunther Schuller will take place. Schuller, who died in June 2015, was principal horn player for the orchestra (1943-45), National Council on the Arts member (1974- 80) and NEA Jazz Master in 2008.

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Smithsonian Jazz Orchestra does it Frank’s way — Sinatra, that is
Dec 2, 2015 | washingtonpost.com

That goal of bringing to life the Smithsonian’s jazz archives, by Ellington and others, was the seed of what became the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, established in 1990 by an act of Congress and organized soon afterward by executive producer Hasse (and musical co-directors David Baker and Gunther Schuller). This was something new: a jazz ensemble residing in a museum.
 

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Concert Review: Boston Modern Orchestra Project’s Gunther Schuller Memorial
Nov 25, 2015 | artsfuse.com

The Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP) is no stranger to Schuller’s music—one of their earliest BMOP/Sound recordings was an all-Schuller disc—and they commemorated his life with an ambitious memorial concert on Sunday afternoon at Jordan Hall. 
 

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Gunther Schuller honored, with words and music, at Jordan Hall concert
Nov 23, 2015 | bostonglobe.com

Schuller, who died June 21 , was an unsurpassed musical polymath who cut a wide path as a performer, conductor, author, and jazz historian. But it was yet another of his roles — as administrator — that was honored Sunday morning in Jordan Hall. Schuller served as president of New England Conservatory from 1967 to 1977.

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Remembering Gunther With Vigor and Liveliness
Nov 23, 2015 | classical-scene.com

The late Gunther Schuller was fortuitously born on November 22nd, the day celebrating St. Cecilia, the patron saint of music. New England Conservatory, to which he gave so much, offered one of the many observances of the cultural omnivore’s life’s work in “A Musical Celebration” on Thursday in Jordan Hall. An artist and teacher as multi-faceted as Schuller could hardly be fully celebrated in one concert (it was in fact one of many), even one so eclectic as to genre and time period. The one composition not by Schuller came as a musical tribute from his onetime student and friend of many decades, Ran Blake. John Heiss of the NEC faculty, organized the event and also contributed an enlightening and moving essay.

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Laudamus Gunther
Nov 16, 2015 | classical-scene.com

Though an amazing 50 other concerts seem to be happening between Monday and Sunday, six celebrations planned in celebration of Gunther Schuller’s 90th birthday may constitute the major events for many of us. Schuller’s death five months ago inspired extended looks at his considerable legacy.
 

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Pianist and pedagogue Ran Blake feted at NEC
Nov 12, 2015 | bostonglobe.com

As well as being a unique musician, Blake is a radical educator. With his friend and mentor, the late composer and NEC president Gunther Schuller, Blake created the Third Stream department (now Contemporary Improvisation), which incorporated Schuller’s ideas about melding jazz and classical music. For Blake, Third Stream meant something else — it was a fusion of all musics, including not just classical and jazz, but gospel, blues, R&B, and folkloric recordings of what would become known as “world music,” as well as the music of his beloved film noir.
 

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Gunther Schuller Tribute Concert by BMOP and Odyssey Opera 11/22
Oct 29, 2015 | musicalamerica.com

Two of Boston’s leading musical ensembles—the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP) and Odyssey Opera—unite onstage for a special concert honoring the great Pulitzerwinning composer Gunther Schuller (1925- 2015). Between them, these two organizations have a repertoire spanning a wide array of genres, and this program will offer the distinctive sound of Schuller’s fusion of jazz vernacular with the symphonic and operatic world.
 

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Chamber program honors Gunther Schuller at Festival Miami
Oct 29, 2015 | southfloridaclassicalreview.com

The conductor, composer, hornist and distinguished visitor at the 2011 Festival Miami died this past June, one month after hornist Richard Todd, violinist Joel Smirnoff and pianist Christopher O’Riley got together in Worcester, Massachusetts to help Schuller realize his final wish of recording the Brahms Horn Trio in E flat. The other Brahms on the program, his lovely Three Intermezzi for piano, was a favorite of Schuller and his wife. As for Messiaen, Schuller once spoke of the great impact the 20th century composer had on his career. So, this program—titled “Chamber Music Treasures”—could just as easily have been called “Gunther Schuller’s Favorite Things.”
 

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Jazzin' It Up
Oct 27, 2015 | newark.rutgers.edu

The institute has long been known as the place where scholars and musicians come to wade in the deepest streams of jazz history. It is where Ken Burns's researchers had 30,000 photographs to choose from when searching for images for the PBS documentary series Jazz. It is where Gunther Schuller had 100,000 recordings to consult when writing his magisterial The Swing Era. 
 

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Stepping Stones From NE Phil
Oct 26, 2015 | classical-scene.com

The musical tribute to Gunther Schuller concluded the program: his The Past is in the Present in four short movements, composed in 1994 as an apparent requiem to his wife Marjorie. This performance was a Boston premiere, and it served as a requiem for the composer himself as well. It began with a series of quiet chromatic chords in divided strings accentuated by harp, and penetrated here and there by high, difficult but lovely notes for soft solo horn (Gunther’s own instrument); the fourth movement ended in much the same way, with complex harmonies in the strings through which a faintly triadic framework could be discerned. This beautiful piece needs to be heard again here, and then more often. Gunther is no longer with us, but The Past is in the Present, quiet and meditative, shows us his strength which will endure in memory.
 

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Review: José Limón Festival Celebrates in a Transportive Way
Oct 26, 2015 | nytimes.com

José Limón’s “The Traitor,” a dance drama made in 1954, looks and sounds like cultural programming on 1950s television. The arches of the cutout set, the anguished brass and percussion of the Gunther Schuller score, the portentous atmosphere: Even when performed live, the work seems to transpire in black and white.
 

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DEPAUW FACULTY WOODWIND ENSEMBLE PERFORMS TUESDAY
Oct 24, 2015 | depauw.edu

“Suite for Woodwind Quintet, first published by Schuller in 1945, is a wonderful combination of classical and jazz techniques,” notes the ensemble’s oboist Leonid Sirotkin (seen talking with students in photo at left). “This work represents perfectly the term ‘Third Stream,’ the main concept behind the Jazz and Classical Music Society, the organization founded by Schuller and John Lewis in 1955. The jazz idiom is masterfully built into the classical form through incorporation of rhythmic syncopation, characteristic dissonances and harmonic progressions.”
 

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Botstein, ASO open strongly with musical art for art’s sake
Oct 17, 2015 | newyorkclassicalreview.com

Schuller’s Seven Studies on Themes of Paul Klee was the opener, seven representations of images from the painter. Perhaps, though, the music is better understood as seven of Schuller’s reactions to paintings by Klee.
 

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Gil Rose, BMOP celebrate 20 years of audacity, excellence
Oct 15, 2015 | bostonglobe.com

The new BMOP season begins on Sunday with an Armenian-themed program presented in collaboration with the Friends of Armenian Culture, the latest in a series of local cultural partnerships. A family-friendly opera in November – Gunther Schuller’s “The Fisherman and His Wife” – follows on the success of last year’s presentation of Tobias Picker’s “Fantastic Mr. Fox.”
 

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Classical & Opera Listings for Oct. 16-22
Oct 15, 2015 | nytimes.com

American Symphony Orchestra (Friday) Leon Botstein’s relentlessly inventive orchestra brings a distinctly varied program to Carnegie Hall, led by a new orchestration of Nico Muhly’s “Seeing is Believing,” with Tracy Silverman on the electric violin. Sophia Burgos is the soprano for Henri Dutilleux’s “Correspondances,” and the orchestra also plays Gunther Schuller’s “7 Studies on Themes of Paul Klee” and Strauss’s “Also Sprach Zarathustra.” At 8 p.m., Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall, 212-247-7800, carnegiehall.org. (Allen)
 

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BMOP, Machover honored by Musical America
Oct 15, 2015 | bostonglobe.com

Cited by Musical America for its commitment to “performing contemporary work, much of it American,” BMOP is being recognized for its enviable tally of achievements: “more than 100 premieres, and 50 recordings on its own label of works by the late Gunther Schuller, as well as the complete symphonies of Lukas Foss, and works of Irving Fine.
 

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ANDREAS SCHAERER INTERVIEW: LEARNING TO FLY WITH HILDEGARD
Oct 15, 2015 | jazzwise.com

The ‘Third Stream’ proposed by Gunther Schuller in the 1950s, though narrowed by recent, academy-schooled jazz generations, is still rarely bridged in a way that does full justice to its classical and jazz sides.
 

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The New England Philharmonic Opens 2015-16 Season with Tribute to Gunther Schuller
Oct 6, 2015 | musicalamerica.com

The New England Philharmonic (NEP) under the direction of Richard Pittman will present “Stepping Stones of the 20th Century: Celebrating the Life and Music of Gunther Schuller” to open their 2015-16 season on October 25 at 3 p.m. at the Tsai Performance Center. The concert will pay tribute to the life and music of NEP’s Composer Laureate from 2013 to 2015, the late MacArthur Genius and Pulitzer-Prize winning composer Gunther Schuller who died this past summer at the age of 89.
 

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Review: Spokane Symphony opens season by evoking Mussorgsky’s genius
Sep 21, 2015 | spokesman.com

What followed was a performance of J.S. Bach’s chorale, “Komm Susser Tod, Komm Selge Ruh,” arranged by Leopold Stokowski, inserted into the program as a memorial to Gunther Schuller, noted composer, conductor, teacher and writer, and pillar of musical life in the Spokane region, who died June 21.

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Fall Arts Preview: Classical Music
Sep 12, 2015 | bostonglobe.com

Odyssey will also collaborate with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project for a fall performance of Gunther Schuller’s one-act opera of 1970, “The Fisherman and His Wife” (Nov. 22). ... the New England Philharmonic, Collage New Music, and New England Conservatory all pay tribute to Gunther Schuller (Oct. 25, Nov. 1, and Nov. 19 respectively) ...

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10 things Africa has given the world
​Sep 8, 2015 | theguardian.com

It’s all about the polyrhythms – two or more different rhythms happening at the same time – which European folk music also has but African music spread. The Pulitizer prize-winning composer and author Gunther Schuller wrote that “every musical element – rhythm, harmony, melody, timbre, and the basic forms of jazz – is essentially African in background and derivation."

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10 classical concerts to have you swaying in your seats
​Sep 5, 2015 | twincities.com

The foursome will perform a Beethoven string quartet and a slice of one by Gunther Schuller before Kashkashian joins them for Antonin Dvorak’s “American” Quintet.
 

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Classical Music This Week: Revisiting ‘Skin,’ a Tribute to Schuller, and Bernstein’s Birthday
Aug 25, 2015 | nytimes.com

The composer, conductor, author and teacher Gunther Schuller, a pioneer in the fusion of classical and jazz styles, died in June. At Maverick Concerts in Woodstock, N.Y., on Sunday, the Borromeo String Quartet plays his moody String Quartet No. 4, from 2002.
 

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Gunther Schuller tributes are highlight of NEC’s fall concert series
Aug 20, 2015 | bostonglobe.com

Homages to the late Gunther Schuller, a towering presence at New England Conservatory until his death in June at 89, are among the highlights of the school’s fall concert series.
 

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Prom 28: Dukas, Turnage, Schuller and Scriabin
Aug 13, 2015 | bbc.co.uk

A Prom featuring the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Dukas: The Sorcerer's Apprentice. Turnage: On Opened Ground. Schuller: 7 Studies on Themes of Paul Klee. Scriabin: The Poem of Ecstasy.
 

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Memories of Tanglewood on Its 75th Birthday
Aug 6, 2015 | nytimes.com

There was a ruckus in the late 1970s when the composer and conductor Gunther Schuller, who died in June, gave an address that took the whole orchestra world to task —administrators, players, conductors, unions — for creating what he described as a more cynical age in which “joy has gone out of the faces of many of our musicians.”
 

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Magical Trumpets
Jul 29, 2015 | slso.org

Bliznik sent me a link to the NY Times review of the world premiere of the late Gunther Schuller’s “Magical Trumpets.” The eminent composer, conductor, jazz historian and horn player passed away in Boston in June. Bliznik performed the piece with members of the Boston Symphony and Tanglewood Music Center [TMC] trumpet sections. Bliznik was one of two former Tanglewood students in the ensemble.
 

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Gunther Schuller’s 
imprint on music
Jul 29, 2015 | ledgertranscript.com

The 2015 Edward MacDowell Medalist, composer Gunther Schuller, will be illuminated in three distinct ways on Friday at the Monadnock Center for History and Culture. The program will open with a 10-minute documentary film featuring Schuller’s candid descriptions of his own work. After the film, composer Martin Brody will provide an overview of Schuller’s extensive contribution to our contemporary musical landscape. The evening will close with a piano performance of a Schuller standard by MacDowell Fellow and composer Vadim Neselovskyi.
 

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At Tanglewood’s FCM, premieres and a Schuller memorial
Jul 27, 2015 | bostonglobe.com

This year’s edition of FCM — curated by John Harbison, Michael Gandolfi, and Oliver Knussen — has been packed with premieres of works commissioned, in a laudable and entirely fitting gesture, to celebrate the school’s 75th anniversary. It also brought a timely opportunity to honor the memory of the composer Gunther Schuller, a towering figure who died in June at 89, and who worked tirelessly, at times combatively, to uphold the founding mission of the Music Center in his numerous leadership roles between 1963 and 1985.
 

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Tanglewood’s Contemporary Music Fest Milks Many Sources
Jul 26, 2015 | nytimes.com

Gunther Schuller, a composer, conductor, jazz historian and horn player, had hoped to conduct the premiere of his “Magical Trumpets” last Thursday at Tanglewood. But the concert, part of the annual Festival of Contemporary Music, instead became a memorial to Mr. Schuller, who died in June at 89.
 

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‘Modern’ Elders in Full at TFCM
Jul 24, 2015 | classical-scene.com

Magical Trumpets is, unsurprisingly, a showpiece, scored for 12 players using nearly every instrument type available, from piccolo trumpet to bass trumpet in both E-flat and B-flat, along with the standard issue. In addition, each player had a collection of mutes which Schuller employed to a variety of effects. With 12 trumpets it was inevitable that moments in the score would evoke fanfares and bugle calls, but the work is punctuated with other brief genre excursions as well: a moment of dirty jazz, a passing oompah band.
 

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Four Premieres Open Music Center Festival
Jul 21, 2015 | classical-scene.com

Erich Leinsdorf’s arrival as music director, in 1962, brought with it a revivification of the Center particularly through the agency of Gunther Schuller, who was brought in to join Copland in the summer of 1963. The following year the Festival of Contemporary Music took place for the first time. Called the Festival of Contemporary American Music at first, within a few years it was broadened in scope to include European music and eventually music from all over the world.
 

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Oliver Knussen honors his mentor and friend at Tanglewood
Jul 17, 2015 | bostonglobe.com

Nowhere will his absence be more keenly felt than at a Thursday FCM concert led by the British composer Oliver Knussen, a Tanglewood student of Schuller , and his successor as the festival’s director. Planned as a salute to Schuller, the concert is now a memorial. It opens with the world premiere of “Magical Trumpets,” for 12 trumpets, and also contains Schuller’s 1971 “Concerto da Camera” as well as music by composers that Schuller brought to Tanglewood.
 

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Two enchanted evenings
Jul 10, 2015 | spokesman.com

Windham said they will also be paying tribute to two local music figures who died recently: Stefan Kozinski, a former Spokane Symphony assistant conductor and a co-founder of Mozart on a Summer’s Eve, and Gunther Schuller, a former artistic director for the Northwest Bach Festival.
 

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NEC Board Remembers Gunther Schuller
Jul 8, 2015 | necmusic.edu

Former NEC President Gunther Schuller’s death on June 21 has brought forth so many incredible stories and memories from those who worked, studied, and performed with him. Many NEC board members were in office for the duration of Gunther’s decade-long presidency. After his tenure at the Conservatory ended, they remained close to him throughout the years; their unique recollections of Gunther recount his vision, genius, and unstoppable creative dynamism.

 

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REVIEW: Seeking American Spirits at Tanglewood– BSO pays tribute to liberty, and swing
Jul 7, 2015 | theberkshireedge.com

On June 21, 2015, Gunther Schuller, died. His service as director of the Tanglewood Music Center from 1970 to 1985, and as president of the New England Conservatory of Music from 1967 to 1977, transformed both institutions and attempted to refocus their efforts toward the future rather than past. His books, “Early Jazz,” “The Swing Era” and “On Conducting,” adroitly addressed ineffable perishable musical traditions. And his daringly original compositions and invention (at NEC) and promotion across the world of a “Third Stream” hybrid of classical, jazz, and ethnic musics brought him many prestigious acknowledgments (including a 2009 Jazz Master award by the National Endowment for the Arts).
 

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REMEMBERING GUNTHER SCHULLER
​Jul 6, 2015 | jamesboldin.com

Last month the musical world lost Gunther Schuller, an immensely talented artist with wide ranging interests (image linked from hornsociety.org). There have already been a number of excellent tributes to Mr. Schuller, including his obituary in the New York Times, and today I would like to share a few items in memory of him.
 

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Gunther Schuller: A genius remembered
​Jul 5, 2015 | postcrescent.com

Schuller's contributions are astonishing — not only the sheer quantity of his work but for his achieving such a high artistic quality with each venue. He accomplished more in his 89 years than probably any six or eight people could in his multifaceted career as composer of 200 major works, conductor, author, educator, lecturer, administrator, recording artist, teacher, record producer and music publisher.
 

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Born On The Fourth Of July: How Louis Armstrong Taught Us to Swing
​Jul 4, 2015 | thedailybeast.com

As Gunther Schuller has observed in his book, Early Jazz, Louis established “the general stylistic direction of jazz for several decades to come.” Schuller was writing in particular about a 1928 recording, West End Blues, in which, he asserts, Armstrong served notice that “jazz could never again revert to being solely an entertainment or folk music ... [Jazz now] had the potential capacity to compete with the highest order of previously known musical expression.”
 

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Tanglewood opens with all-American program
​Jul 4, 2015 | bostonglobe.com

It was hard to experience a concert like this one without thinking of the Third Stream music of Gunther Schuller, who died last month at age 89. It would have been a meaningful and organic gesture to have added a brief Schuller work to this opening night program, but he will at least receive a tribute later this summer, with a premiere scheduled and a Festival of Contemporary Music concert dedicated to his memory.
 

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Music Commentary: Jazz and the Piano Concerto — Ave Sine Vale
​Jul 2, 2015 | artsfuse.org

What I admired most about Schuller was his uncompromising confidence. He had vast knowledge, consummate skill, and a deep understanding of music and of the challenges life presents to an artist. He was never afraid to demonstrate those gifts, even when it meant that he ran afoul of the tastemakers.
 

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Music Appreciation: Gunther Schuller – The Eloquent Ear
Jun 30, 2015 | artsfuse.org

Gunther Schuller, who died on June 21 at 89, was animated by paradoxes. He liked to brag that he was “a high school dropout without a single earned degree.” And yet he was a transformative educator. He was a classical composer and performer who was passionate about jazz, and even played in jazz ensembles. In particular, he often compared jazz improvisations favorably with the finest classical compositions. And yet, in writing about jazz, he tended to give primacy of place to composers. A few improvised bars of music by Louis Armstrong, Art Tatum, Sonny Rollins, or Ornette Coleman might be the equal of Strauss, Debussy, or Schoenberg, but it was, finally, composition that mattered most: Jelly Roll Morton, Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus. And he raised some hackles when he drew attention to evidence that many of the finest “improvised” solos played in the Duke Ellington orchestra were, in fact, written-out set pieces. He coined the term Third Stream to describe the fusion of classical and jazz elements, maybe in part to reconcile that particular paradox. But the main thing was that he heard all music – at least, music he thought of as having any worth – on a single continuum.

 

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Gunther Schuller, el padre de la ‘Tercera Vía’ en el jazz
Jun 30, 2015 | elpais.com

Su labor en la enseñanza musical en Estados Unidos culminó con la creación en 1969 de la primera licenciatura en jazz

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Gunther Schuller and Saint Peter
Jun 30, 2015 | news.wosu.org

Gunther Schuller died last week at age 89. He was a composer, conductor, professor and arts administrator with a seventy year career. He could be in heaven telling St. Peter the celestial chimes are out of tune OR we could be discussing Schuller's performance of Saint Peter, an oratorio by John Knowles Paine.
 

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Gunther Schuller obituary
Jun 30, 2015 | theguardian.com

American conductor, author, horn player and composer of more than 200 solo and orchestral works, whose interests stretched from chamber music to opera and jazz
 

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Benjamin Britten’s Prince of the Pagodas, Aldeburgh Festival, review: 'brimming with imagination'
Jun 29, 2015 | telegraph.co.uk

Another culture-mixing work formed the concert’s moving centrepiece. Gunther Schuller’s Seven Studies on Themes of Paul Klee had been programmed as a 90th birthday tribute, but it became a memorial to the American composer who had died a week earlier.
 

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A Small Encounter with Gunther Schuller
Jun 27, 2015 | sequenza21.com

It used to be that you could pick up the phone and call someone, and they would answer. And so it was perhaps a decade ago that I called Gunther Schuller’s Manhattan publicist John Gingrich innumerable times to see if Schuller was available for a date with the San Francisco branch of The Duke Ellington Society, which I headed at that time. John was forever patient–he told me he’d noted all the times I’d called– as he went over Gunther’s schedule to see when he’d be free, and after many calls we arrived at a date when Gunther could talk to our little band of Ellingtonians.
 

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Medal to celebrate lifetime of music
Jun 25, 2015 | ledgertranscript.com

In an unprecedented move, the MacDowell Colony will posthumously award the 56th Edward MacDowell Medal to Gunther Schuller, celebrating his life in addition to his achievements.
 

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Remembering composer Gunther Schuller
Jun 25, 2015 | abc.net.au

Gunther Schuller was not only one of the leading composers of the last 100 years; he was also an accomplished teacher, musician and conductor. Andrew Ford looks back at one of his many interviews with The Music Show, a 1997 discussion of the 20th century’s musical upheavals.
 

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Farewell to a Musical Hero, Gunther Schuller
Jun 25, 2015 | ctpublic.org

If you believe that music is a worthwhile endeavor for human beings to devote their lives to, Gunther Schuller had to be your hero. No one in our time devoted his life to music with more intellectual and moral rigor, more zeal, and for that matter more sheer affection, than Gunther.

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MSU maestro remembers late composer Gunther Schuller
Jun 25, 2015 | wkar.org

Music legend Gunther Schuller died this week. MSU Director of Orchestras Kevin Noe studied under Schuller and offers this remembrance.
 

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Mort de Gunther Schuller, théoricien de l’union du jazz et du classique
Jun 25, 2015 | lemonde.fr

Le compositeur et chef d’orchestre, à qui l’on doit le « Third Stream » (le troisième courant ), est mort le 21 juin à l’âge de 89 ans.
 

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A posthumous honor for Gunther Schuller
Jun 25, 2015 | bostonglobe.com

Musician, teacher, composer, and longtime New England Conservatory president Gunther Schuller, who died Sunday at 89, will be honored with the MacDowell Medal in Peterborough, N.H., on Aug. 9.
 

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Classical Music This Week: Kirill Petrenko in Berlin, Gunther Schuller and Roomful of Teeth
Jun 24, 2015 | nytimes.com

If we take for granted now that musical genres are collapsible and combinable, it’s in large part because of Gunther Schuller, the composer, teacher and writer who coined the term Third Stream to describe the synthesis of classical and jazz styles. He died Sunday at 89.
 

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Gunther Schuller dies at 89; fused classical, jazz in ‘Third Stream’
Jun 24, 2015 | latimes.com

Once described by critic Leonard Feather as “the ultimate Renaissance man of 20th century music,” Schuller had more than 200 compositions to his credit, including solo and orchestral works, chamber music, opera and jazz. He won the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for music for the orchestral piece “Of Reminiscences and Reflections.”
 

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Gandolfi Remembers Schuller
Jun 24, 2015 | necmusic.edu

New England Conservatory's current chair of composition, Michael Gandolfi, is also an NEC alumnus. This reminiscence takes him all the way from life as a student during Gunther Schuller's presidency, to thoughts about Schuller's legacy.
 

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REMEMBRANCE | Gunther's Greatness
Jun 24, 2015 | inlander.com

Gunther Schuller was engaged to conduct the Spokane Symphony just at the moment of an intense public disagreement between Symphony musicians and then-Music Director Donald Thulean. Gunther immediately engaged with both the management and musicians, including me, a young French horn player; he spoke truth to power and anyone else who would listen.
 

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CMA MOURNS THE LOSS OF GUNTHER SCHULLER
Jun 24, 2015 | blogs.bgsu.edu

The College of Musical Arts mourns the death of Gunther Schuller, composer, conductor, performer, author and teacher. He died on Sunday, June 21, 2015 at the age of 89. He was a frequent guest on the BGSU campus having received an Honorary Doctorate and serving as the special guest of the annual New Music Festival.
 

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RIP Gunther Schuller (1925-2015)
Jun 24, 2015 | sequenza21.com

Saddening news. Gunther Schuller has died at the age of 89. A musical polymath, Schuller was active as a composer, conductor, arranger, historian, educator, arts administrator and, earlier in his career, French horn player. He pioneered the concept of “Third Stream” music: works that combine influences and materials from jazz and classical music.
 

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In memoriam: Gunther Schuller
Jun 23, 2015 | blog.oup.com

Gunther Schuller (1925-2015) was one of the most influential figures in the musical world of the past century, with a career that crossed and created numerous genres, fields, and institutions. Oxford offers heartfelt condolences to his family, and gratitude for the profound impact his work continues to have on music performance, study, and scholarship.
 

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BWW Remembers: Gunther Schuller - The Loss of a Respected Musical Icon
Jun 23, 2015 | broadwayworld.com

The loss of a respected musical icon, no matter at what age, is always a sad event. For those musicians among us who knew and worked with Gunther Schuller, the news of his passing at age 89 evokes more than respect; it evokes memories of wonderful performances, richly varied conversations, and a man whose influence in my early life as a young, aspiring musician still resides in my soul.
 

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MacDowell Medal Day will go on despite death of recipient
Jun 23, 2015 | sentinelsource.com

In April, officials with The MacDowell Colony announced Schuller would be the 56th recipient of the Edward MacDowell Medal, given annually to an artist who has made an outstanding contribution to his or her field.
 

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RIP Gunther Schuller
Jun 23, 2015 | kennethwoods.net

I met Gunther at his wonderful festival at Sandpoint in the 1990’s. On the second night of the festival, I ran into him in the bar and in spite of our vast difference in age, achievement and knowledge, had one of the all-time great bar hangs of my life. Gunther’s public persona could be quite imperious, but one-on-one, one quickly realised that everything he did and said was motivated by an incredibly deep love of music. 
 

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Gunther Schuller – ‘Third Stream’ pioneer who made jazz and classical compatible dies aged 89
Jun 22, 2015 | jazzwise.com
 

Although Gunther Schuller had a formidable reputation in the classical world, where he was celebrated as a composer, conductor and educator, he also — and perhaps uniquely — had a deep interest and association with the world of jazz.
 

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Remembering Gunther Schuller
Jun 22, 2015 | thelistenersclub.com

American composer, conductor, horn player, writer, educator, and jazz musician Gunther Schuller passed away yesterday at the age of 89. Schuller’s compositions fused elements of jazz and classical music into a style he called “Third Stream.” His remarkably diverse career included principal horn positions with the Cincinnati Symphony and Metropolitan Opera orchestras in the 1940s and 50s, as well as collaborations with Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie and others. 
 

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Gunther Schuller, 89; classical-jazz giant
Jun 22, 2015 | bostonglobe.com

Gunther Schuller, Boston’s most versatile and accomplished musical citizen, who over the course of a long career was a composer, horn player, conductor, jazz historian, educator, and the president of New England Conservatory, died Sunday morning in Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center of complications from leukemia. He was 89 and lived in Newton.
 

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Remembering Gunther Schuller
Jun 22, 2015 | csoarchives.wordpress.com

Composer and conductor Gunther Schuller, a frequent guest and collaborator with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra over the course of the last fifty years, died yesterday in Boston. He was 89.
 

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RIP Gunther Schuller (1925-2015)
Jun 22, 2015 | londonjazznews.com

The eminent musician Gunther Schuller died yesterday Sunday June 21st of complications from leukemia, at the age of 89.

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NEC Remembers Gunther Schuller
Jun 22, 2015 | necmusic.edu

As New England Conservatory President, Gunther Schuller steered NEC through one of the most turbulent and formative decades of American and Conservatory history, beginning with NEC’s centennial year. During his tenure as President from 1967–1977, as the Western world rocked to the rhythms of social upheaval and burgeoning youth culture, Schuller formalized NEC's commitment to jazz by establishing the first fully accredited jazz studies program at a music conservatory. Schuller hired Carl Atkins as founding chair of the department, and worked with Atkins to develop the first curriculum and secure such legendary faculty as Jaki Byard and George Russell.
 

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Listen Back To A 1988 Conversation With Composer Gunther Schuller
Jun 22, 2015 | npr.org

This is FRESH AIR. Gunther Schuller, the composer, conductor, teacher and music historian who coined the term, third stream - for his synthesis of jazz and classical music - died yesterday in Boston from complications of leukemia. He was 89. Schuller grew up in a musical family and studied French horn, playing professionally in the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and in the pit of the Metropolitan Opera. But he also became interested in jazz, and for a time, combined his classical career with performances in jazz ensembles led by, among others, Miles Davis. As a composer, Schuller was self-taught, once describing himself as a high school dropout without a single earned degree. He taught music and composition at Yale and the Manhattan School of Music, wrote several books, directed the Berkshire Music Center, and served as president of the New England Conservatory. He was also awarded a Pulitzer Prize and a MacArthur Foundation grant. Terry spoke to Gunther Schuller in 1988.

 

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Gunther Schuller – the definition of a complete musician
Jun 22, 2015 | gramophone.co.uk

Schuller was the very definition of a complete musician. Beginning life as a French horn player, in 1950 he was appointed principal horn with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra – and played with the short-lived Miles Davis Nonet, taking part in the final recording session that would later be issued as The Birth of the Cool. He was a champion of Milton Babbitt’s 12-tone music; and of Scott Joplin’s ragtime. He wrote two scholarly books about jazz history, Early Jazz and The Swing Era; and a primer about conducting, The Compleat Conductor. He reconstructed and recorded Charles Mingus’s two-hour orchestral work Epitaph; and music by Bruno Maderna, even a Beethoven Fifth.
 

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Gunther Schuller war ein Mastermind zwischen Klassik und Jazz
Jun 22, 2015 | srf.ch

Der New Yorker Gunther Schuller war Hornist, Dirigent, Komponist und Musikwissenschafter. Er war ein Renaissance-Mann und brachte klassische Musiker und Jazzer zusammen. Am Sonntag ist Gunther Schuller im Alter von 89 Jahren in Boston gestorben.
 

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Gunther Schuller, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer who bridged jazz and classical music, dies at 89
Jun 22, 2015 | washingtonpost.com

Gunther Schuller, a Pulitzer Prize-winning composer whose breadth of musical expertise ranged from Bach to Duke Ellington and who sought to create what he called a “Third Stream” of music by blending classical music and jazz, died June 21 at a hospital in Boston. He was 89.
 

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Gunther Schuller, Pulitzer Prize Winner and Third Stream Innovator, Dies at 89
Jun 22, 2015 | classicalite.com

Gunther Schuller, a Pulitzer-prize winning composer and leading proponent of the Third Stream movement that synergized jazz and classical, died Sunday in Boston. He was 89 years old.
 

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In Memoriam: Gunther Schuller
Jun 22, 2015 | classicstoday.com

Gunther Schuller’s family, friends, contemporaries, faculty, and students are in mourning over the news of his death on June 21, but the trailblazing energy surrounding this man is so great, even his in memoriam feels like a chance for new understandings and transformation.
 

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Remembering Gunther Schuller
Jun 22, 2015 | fromthetop.org

Mr. Schuller appeared twice on From the Top; the first early in our history (Show 48) and then in 2011 on a very special “highlight show”, during which he and Christopher O’Riley discussed some of his favorite pieces from past shows.
 

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A Farewell to Gunther Schuller
Jun 22, 2015 | blogs.loc.gov

“The only thing about the prospect of dying that upsets me — that I grieve over — is that I will never again hear all that beautiful music that I have come to know and love. But then some people tell me that I will, in fact, hear all that music — and more — in the afterlife.”

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HOW GUNTHER SCHULLER GOT HIS STUDENTS INTO A WHITE HOUSE DINNER
Jun 22, 2015 | slippedisc.com

Although I regularly think of Gunther Schuller, today I am flooded with memories. When in the early 1970’s I as an 18 year old freshman first stood on the stage of New England Conservatory’s renowned Jordan Hall auditioning for orchestral placement I had of course no inkling of what the future would bring, just dreams, hopes and aspirations. And there I first encountered ‘President’ Schuller.
 

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Gunther Schuller, who bridged classical music and jazz, dies at 89
Jun 22, 2015 | mprnews.org

Gunther Schuller, one of America's most wide-ranging musicians — a French horn prodigy and tireless advocate for bridging classical music and jazz — died Sunday morning in Boston, his son Ed Schuller said. Gunther Schuller was 89.
 

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Gunther Schuller — Composer, Educator, Musician — Dies At 89
Jun 22, 2015 | wbur.org

NEW YORK — Gunther Schuller, former head of the New England Conservatory and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer who was the leading proponent of the Third Stream movement fusing jazz and classical music, died Sunday at 89.
 

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Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Gunther Schuller dies
Jun 22, 2015 | bbc.com

Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, conductor and musician Gunther Schuller has died at the age of 89.
 

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Gunther Schuller Dies at 89; Composer Synthesized Classical and Jazz
Jun 21, 2015 | nytimes.com

Gunther Schuller, a composer, conductor, author and teacher who coined the term Third Stream to describe music that drew on the forms and resources of both classical and jazz, and who was its most important composer, died on Sunday in Boston. He was 89.

 

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Gunther Schuller, longtime Bach festival artistic director, dies
Jun 21, 2015 | spokesman.com

Renowned composer and conductor Gunther Schuller, who had strong ties to Spokane and spent 20 years as artistic director of the Northwest Bach Festival, died this morning in Boston.

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Gunther Schuller, Who Bridged Classical Music And Jazz, Dies At 89
Jun 21, 2015 | spokanepublicradio.org

Gunther Schuller, one of America's most wide-ranging musicians — a French horn prodigy and tireless advocate for bridging classical music and jazz — died Sunday morning in Boston, his son Ed Schuller said. Gunther Schuller was 89.
 

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Gunther Schuller Dies at 89
Jun 21, 2015 | newmusicusa.org

Gunther Schuller died on Sunday, June 21, 2015 at 7:55am at the age of 89. In the coming days, there will be a more extensive tribute to this major American composer, conductor, arranger, and historian who was equally fluent in the vocabulary of classical music and jazz and who coined the term “Third Stream” for music that incorporated elements of both.
 

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For Gunther Schuller
Jun 21, 2015 | therestisnoise.com

His memorable credo, in "Third Stream Revisited": "Third Steam is a way of composing, improvising, and performing that brings musics together rather than segregating them. It is a way of making music which holds that all musics are created equal, coexisting in a beautiful brotherhood/sisterhood of musics that complement and fructify each other. It is a global concept which allows the world's musics— written, improvised, handed-down, traditional, experimental— to come together, to learn from one another, to reflect human diversity and pluralism. It is the music of rapprochement, of entente—not of competition and confrontation. And it is the logical outcome of the American melting pot: E pluribus unum." 

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Gunther Schuller, 1925-2015
Jun 21, 2015 | classical-scene.com

Composer, educator, classical / jazz crossover artist and promoter, French horn virtuoso, conductor, writer and historian, indeed musical giant of the widest-ranging sort, Gunther Schuller died last Sunday in Boston, age 89.
 

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Composer to receive MacDowell medal this summer
Apr 6, 2015 | sentinelsource.com

Gunther Schuller, who has composed solo works, orchestral works, chamber music, opera and jazz, will receive the 56th MacDowell Medal on Sunday, Aug. 9.
 

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Gunther Schuller Awarded MacDowell Medal
Apr 5, 2015 | archive.nytimes.com

The MacDowell Colony, a prestigious artists’ residency program in New Hampshire, has awarded its 2015 lifetime achievement medal to Gunther Schuller, a composer and educator who has worked to bridge the gap between classical and jazz music.
 

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National Institute of Arts and Letters Final Ballot
1967, digitized March 20, 2015 | afb.org

Gunther Schuller, born in New York City, 1925, left the Manhattan School, of Music at the age of 1 6 to play the French horn professionally in the Ballet Theatre Orchestra and three years later joined the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. He has been on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music since 1950, was the musical director of the first International Jazz Festival in Washington, D. C., in 1962, and taught at Tanglewood during the summer of 1963. He is now president of the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. Among his awards are a grant of the National Institute, I960; a Creative Arts Award, Brandeis University, 1960; and a Guggenheim Fellowship, 1962. He has received commissions from the Ford Foundation,, the New York Philharmonic, the Coolidge Foundation, the Donaueschingen Festival, the University of Southern California, and the City Center Ballet of New York. The Oxford University Press, which published his Horn Technique in 1962, has commissioned him. to write a musico-analytical history of jazz. Mr. Schuller's orchestral works include Contrasts, 1961; Seven Studies on Theme of Paul Klee, 1959; and Spectra, 1958. His chamber music includes Music for Brass Quintet, 1961; Variants on a Theme of Thelonious Monk, I960; and Woodwind Quintet, 1958. He has also written songs to texts by Gertrude Stein and Li Po.

 

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2014

10 of the best: where jazz meets classical
Nov 17, 2020 | theguardian.com

Schuller’s “Third Stream” was one of the grandest theoretical ideas for the meaningful coming together of jazz and classical. In 1960, for the album Jazz Abtractions [sic], Schuller assembled an amazing lineup - including Ornette Coleman, Eric Dolphy, Bill Evans, and Jim Hall, as well as the Contemporary String Quartet - and in his Variants, Schuller makes a scintillating case for how it’s possible for elements of notated composition and improvisation, and everything in between, to push the players in new directions, and to create something that dazzles the imagination, whatever label you want to use for it.

 

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Make Music New York to Host Monthly Talks
Jan 7, 2014 | artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com

At the first, on Jan. 15, the composer and jazz historian Gunther Schuller will discuss Charles Mingus’s “Epitaph,” a huge, two-hour work that had its world premiere in 1989 — a decade after Mingus’s death — under Mr. Schuller’s baton. Mr. Schuller’s talk will commemorate the 25th anniversary of that first performance.

 

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2013

Elvis Costello to Speak at NEC, Receive Honorary Degree
Aug 16, 2013 | necmusic.edu

 He has worked with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Robert Wyatt, Chet Baker, George Jones, Bob Dylan, the Count Basie Orchestra, Johnny Cash, Rosanne Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Tony Bennett, Yoko Ono, Allen Toussaint, The Pogues, Jimmy Cliff, Hal Willner’s “Weird Nightmares” featuring the microtonal instruments created by Harry Partch, Mingus Big Band/Charles Mingus Orchestra, Brodsky Quartet, Gunther Schuller (who conducted Costello’s first very short orchestral overture, The Edge Of Ugly, in 1995), Hubert Sumlin, Anne Sofie von Otter, Swedish Radio Symphony, Solomon Burke, Emmylou Harris, Charlie Haden, Van Morrison, John Harle, The Fairfield Four, Marian McPartland, Bill Frisell, Diana Krall, Metropole Orkest, Lucinda Williams, Madeleine Albright, and The Roots, to name just a few.
 

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2010

Bernstein And Schuller In The Third Stream
Mar 25, 2010 | artsjournal.com

Several years ago, I wrote about Schuller’s central role in creation of the term and implementation of the concept. It was in a review of a CD reissue of two daring and indelible Columbia albums of the late 1950s, Music for Brass and Modern Jazz Concert.
 

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2012

The African Origins of Jazz
Mar 28, 2012 | jazzedmagazine.com

In his brilliant 1968 analytical book on jazz, Early Jazz: Its Roots and Musical Development (Oxford University Press) author Gunther Schuller makes a very strong case for jazz’s African origins, writing that “the analytic study in this chapter [Chapter 1, pages 3-62] shows that every musical element – rhythm, harmony, melody, timbre, and the basic forms of jazz – is essentially African in background and derivation.” This article is an examination of those musical elements and of the rationale for that statement.
 

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