GUNTHER SCHULLER violin and jazz composer, teacher,author

April 8, 2005 at 07:01 AM · GUNTHER SCHULLER born about 1925 wrote books on jazz history and theory and was director of Boston's New England Conservatory a number of years.

He had a large and diverse output as a composer, and I have just read that three violin works were included in a concert on his seventy-fifth birthday in 2000. These works have names that might not call attention to the roles of violins and strings, but I think violinists with interests in jazz would find these worth investigating.

Music for Young People: Five Characteristic Pieces for string quartet,

violin concerto

Song and Dance

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April 10, 2005 at 12:22 AM · I am actually performing a piece of his called "Sonata Serenta" for violin, clarinet,cello, and piano. Mr. Schuller will be there and the concert will take place Monday May 2 2005 in New York City. It will be at the Loew Theater 35 w. 4 st. The concert wil also feature other works of Mr. Schuller and some 21st century electro-acoustic music.

April 10, 2005 at 03:26 AM · Yes, and the violinist was Young-Nam Kim. He is a fantastic musician and has played quite a few of his works with the Chamber music society of Minnesota.

April 10, 2005 at 03:34 AM · He won at least one Pulitzer prize. I used to know a girl at NEC who was having trouble with her french horn teacher, and Gunther told her to keep going to lessons, and he gave her lessons on the sly. Great guy.

April 12, 2005 at 12:29 AM · Muchas gracias for your comments.

If you see Gunther Schuller, tell him how much I enjoyed programs at New England Conservatory over a period of years before I moved West. Why don't they broadcast on Internet?

His book on Jazz is very fine, and I appreciate his championing of the music of Louis Gruenberg, a landsman of my grandfather from Brest or Brest-Litovsk now in Belarus.

I am glad he is well and active, and he is about the same age as the great Schubert lieder and opera singer Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau over in Europe.

Best of luck to the three of you who sent welcome and interesting comments.

I am reading how strongly music correlates with intelligence and creativity. One good thing about www.violinist.com is that you learn how articulate many violinists and string players really are.

One of the programs I remember at NEC was the Schubert String Quintet in C Major of 1828 played by the Mendelssohn string quartet with an extra cellist who is a Harvard alum.

Keep active, Gunther. Somebody tell Gunther about www.violinist.com!

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