Gunther Schuller

Biography

Born: November 22, 1925; New York, NY [Jackson Heights]  
It seems safe to say that at this stage in his life and career, Gunther Schuller represents, for countless musicians, concertgoers, and record buyers around the world, American music making at its best, almost as much as Leonard Bernstein did a half century earlier. He is composer, conductor, horn player, jazz performer, writer, administrator, publisher, and teacher, all wrapped up into one tidy bundle of seemingly endless energy. Like American Read more music itself, however, Schuller has not always steered clear of controversy -- the very masses that admire him have sometimes been baffled by his uncompromising attitudes and blunt statements.

His father played violin in the New York Philharmonic Orchestra for many decades, and it was he who oversaw Schuller's early training. Schuller mastered the French horn with remarkable speed as a student at the Manhattan School of Music (1939-1941) -- in 1942, aged just 16, his horn playing was heard across the country in the American radio premiere of Shostakovich's then brand-new "Leningrad" Symphony. A series of high-profile orchestra jobs followed: first the American Ballet Theater Orchestra, then the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and then 14 seasons in the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. During the 1950s Schuller became interested in jazz and made a name for himself as a performer in that field, playing with Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie and other jazz stars; in the years to come, Schuller combined jazz and traditional composition in new ways -- something that he called "third stream music." After the 1958-1959 season, Schuller gave up his career at the Met to build a new career as a composer.

Success in the sometimes persnickety world of American serious composition came to Schuller nearly as easily and quickly as success as a performer did, and by 1964 he was on the composition faculty of Yale University. He has also taught and administered at the Manhattan School of Music, the New England Conservatory, and Tanglewood.

In 1975 he founded his own record label and music publishing companies, GM Recordings and Margun Music (the names are drawn from the first names of Schuller and his wife Marjorie Black). He has also written several books, including the cherished manual Horn Playing (London and New York, 1962) and the landmark studies Early Jazz: Its Roots and Development (London and New York, 1968) and The Swing Era: the Development of Jazz 1930-45 (New York and Oxford, 1989). In 1997 he poured his many years' experience as a professional conductor into The Compleat Conductor.

As a composer, Schuller ranks among the most eclectic of his generation or any other. Schoenberg's techniques meet jazz meets Stravinskian rhythmicism meets Haydn in ways that one could never imagine without the score on the table. And his output is very large: 20-plus concertos for solo instrument(s) and orchestra, several dozen other orchestral items (including the 1965 Symphony and the 1994 Pulitzer Prize-winning Of Reminiscences and Reflections), better than 70 miscellaneous chamber pieces for ensembles and combinations of all kinds, a pair of operas, and a library of arrangements of other composers' music. Read less
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    To The Point  / Freeman, Orchestra 2001
    Label: Innova   Catalog: 745 Release Date: 05/31/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jennifer Higdon,  Andrew Rudin,  Gunther Schuller,  Romeo Cascarino  ... 
    Performer:  Diane Monroe,  Dorothy Freeman,  Maria Bachmann
    Conductor:  James Freeman,  Gunther Schuller
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra 2001
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    Collage - Leonard Rosenman, John Heiss, Irwin Bazelon
    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 486 Release Date: 05/01/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Rosenman,  John Heiss,  Irwin Bazelon
    Conductor:  Charles Fussell,  Gunther Schuller
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collage
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    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 507 Release Date: 05/01/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Thomas McKinley,  Ramon Zupko
    Performer:  Richard Stoltzman
    Conductor:  Gunther Schuller
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collage,  New World String Quartet
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    American Music For Percussion, Vol 1 / New England Conservatory Percussion Ensemble
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559683 Release Date: 04/26/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joan Tower,  Felicia Sandler,  Jennifer Higdon,  Robert Xavier Rodriguez  ... 
    Conductor:  Frank Epstein,  Gunther Schuller
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New England Conservatory Percussion Ensemble
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    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 440 Release Date: 03/01/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Harbison,  David Stock
    Performer:  Robert Miller
    Conductor:  Gunther Schuller
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  American Composers Orchestra
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    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 320 Release Date: 11/01/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William O. Smith
    Performer:  William O. Smith,  Robert Suderburg
    Conductor:  Gunther Schuller
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra U.S.A.
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    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 290 Release Date: 10/01/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arthur Berger,  Richard Donovan
    Performer:  Gilbert Kalish,  Paul Jacobs,  Adele Addison
    Conductor:  Gunther Schuller
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Galimir String Quartet
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    A Festival Of Ballet
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 67063 Release Date: 01/26/2010   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Gustav Holst,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Modest Mussorgsky  ... 
    Performer:  Barbara Hendricks,  Susan Bickley,  Lorraine Hunt Lieberson,  Catherine Pierard  ... 
    Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe,  André Previn,  Paavo Järvi,  Sir Charles Mackerras  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 204 Release Date: 01/01/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mario Davidovsky,  Harvey Sollberger
    Performer:  Harvey Sollberger,  Sophie Sollberger,  Stanley Drucker,  Paul Zukofsky  ... 
    Conductor:  Efrain Guigui,  Gunther Schuller
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Group for Contemporary Music
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    The Presidents Own Marine Band: Live In Concert
    Label: Altissimo   Catalog: ALT70512 Release Date: 02/19/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Tristan Keuris,  Darius Milhaud  ... 
    Conductor:  Gunther Schuller,  Frederick Fennell,  Timothy Foley,  James Sinclair
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    Horns! Music For Horn Ensemble / Horn Club Of Los Angeles
    Label: Emi Studio   Catalog: 63764 Release Date: 09/24/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Tomás Luis de Victoria,  Roger Johnson,  Giovanni Palestrina  ... 
    Conductor:  William Kraft,  Gunther Schuller,  George Hyde,  David Raksin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Horn Club of Los Angeles
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    Brass Masterworks - Footlifters / Schuller
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 94887 Release Date: 08/30/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Philip Sousa,  Charles Ives,  Scott Joplin
    Conductor:  Gunther Schuller
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Incredible Columbia All-Star Band
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    Brass Masterworks - Turn Of The Century Cornet Favorites
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 94886 Release Date: 08/30/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Vincent Bach,  Scott Joplin,  Herbert L. Clarke,  Jean-Baptiste Arban  ... 
    Performer:  Gerard Schwarz
    Conductor:  Gunther Schuller
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    Ives: Symphony No 2, Etc / Bernstein, Schuller, Et Al
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 94731 Release Date: 08/30/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Ives
    Performer:  William Vacchiano
    Conductor:  Gunther Schuller,  Seiji Ozawa,  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic
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    Joplin: Treemonisha / Schuller, Balthrop, Allen, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000458902 Release Date: 07/12/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Scott Joplin
    Performer:  Kenneth Hicks,  Dwight Ransom,  Edward Pierson,  Betty Allen  ... 
    Conductor:  Gunther Schuller
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Houston Grand Opera Chorus,  Houston Grand Opera Orchestra
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    Piano Concertos Of The 1920s Vol 2 / Rische, Schuller, Et Al
    Label: Arte Nova   Catalog: 510510 Release Date: 06/14/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Erwin Schulhoff,  George Gershwin,  George Antheil
    Performer:  Michael Rische
    Conductor:  Gunther Schuller,  Wayne Marshall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne West German Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Wilder: Music For Winds And Brass / Schuller, Terkel, Et Al
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 763 Release Date: 05/31/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alec Wilder
    Performer:  John Harmon,  Studs Terkel,  David Taylor,  Robert Levy  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Levy,  Kevin Meidl,  Gunther Schuller
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lawrence University Wind Ensemble,  Appleton Boychoir,  Wilder Brass Quintet
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    Classical Cuisine - American Barbeque
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 92988 Release Date: 04/05/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aaron Copland,  Morton Gould,  Samuel Barber,  William Schuman  ... 
    Performer:  Leonard Bernstein
    Conductor:  Aaron Copland,  Eugene Ormandy,  Thomas Schippers,  Andre Kostelanetz  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic  ... 
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    Joplin: Rags & Ragtime / Rogers, Et Al
    Label: Universal   Catalog: 000291602 Release Date: 08/10/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Scott Joplin
    Performer:  Morten Gunnar Larsen,  Samuel Sanders,  Heinrich Schiff,  Eric Rogers  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler,  Gunther Schuller
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops,  Philip Jones Brass Ensemble,  Houston Grand Opera Orchestra  ... 
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    Harbison: Early Works - Piano Concerto, Bermuda Triangle
    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 875 Release Date: 06/26/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Harbison
    Performer:  Robert Miller,  Robert Levin,  Helen Harbison,  Albert Regni
    Conductor:  John Harbison,  Gunther Schuller
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantata Ensemble,  Cantata Singers,  American Composers Orchestra
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    American Masters - Bazelon: Woodwind Quintet, Etc
    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 871 Release Date: 01/23/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Irwin Bazelon
    Performer:  Wanda Maximilian,  Martha Babcock,  Christopher Oldfather,  Joel Smirnoff  ... 
    Conductor:  Gunther Schuller
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collage (Classical),  Boehm Woodwind Quintet,  American Brass Quintet
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  • 22.
    Schuller: Sextet, Fantasy-suite, Duologue / Finn, Et Al
    Label: Bridge   Catalog: 9093 Release Date: 10/26/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gunther Schuller
    Performer:  Gregory Fulkerson,  Charles Abramovic,  David Starobin,  Michael Finn
    Conductor:  Gunther Schuller
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Miró String Quartet
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  • 23.
    Preludes, Fugues And Riffs - Jazz In Classical Music
    Label: Sony Classical Npr Milestones   Catalog: 61697 Release Date: 05/25/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Jimmy Giuffre,  Leonard Bernstein,  Igor Stravinsky  ... 
    Performer:  Miles Davis,  Benny Goodman,  George Gershwin
    Conductor:  Gil Evans,  Gunther Schuller,  Max Goberman,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble,  Jazz and Classical Music Society Brass Ensemble,  Orchestra  ... 
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  • 24.
    American Masters - Sollberger: Chamber Variations, Etc
    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 743 Release Date: 03/18/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Harvey Sollberger
    Performer:  Fred Sherry,  Harvey Sollberger,  Charles Wuorinen,  Allen Blustine  ... 
    Conductor:  Gunther Schuller,  Harvey Sollberger
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Group for Contemporary Music,  Da Capo Chamber Players
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    American Masters - Robert Helps: Symphony No 1, Etc
    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 717 Release Date: 09/24/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Helps
    Performer:  Bethany Beardslee,  David Del Tredici,  William Masselos,  Robert Helps
    Conductor:  Zoltán Rozsnyai,  Gunther Schuller
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra,  American Composers Orchestra
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