Born August 4, 1910, Bronx, New York Died February 15, 1992, New York, New York
About William Schuman
William Schuman was one of New York's foremost musical citizens during the 1940s and 1950s, during which time he was president of the Julliard School and Lincoln Center, and won the first Pulitzer Prize ever awarded for musical composition. Schuman's reputation as a skilful composer for the orchestra has continued to grow, with his symphonies being especially popular; he also wrote much noteworthy choral music, including quirky settings such as the Mail Order Madrigals, set to text from the 1897 Sears, Roebuck catalog.
Schuman wrote only two operas, both brief one-acts, but well worth hearing. One of them, 1953's The Mighty Casey, was later reworked by the composer into a cantata on the same subject.
The Mighty Casey, baseball opera in three scenes Libretto by Jules Gury after the poem Casey at the Bad by Ernest L. Thayer. May 4, 1953, Hartt College of Music, Hartford, Connecticut
A Question of Taste, opera in one act Libretto by J. D. McClatchy after the story Taste by Roald Dahl. June 24, 1989, Glimmerglass Opera, Cooperstown, New York