Gunther Schuller

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Birthday
22, 1925
Birthplace
New York City, NY
Death Date
Jun 21, 2015 (89)
Birth Sign
Sagittarius
Birthday
22, 1925
Birthplace
New York City, NY
Death Date
Jun 21, 2015 (89)

About

Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, conductor, author, historian, jazz musician, and horn player. He and jazz pianist John Lewis were the founders of the Modern Jazz Society in 1955. He created the descriptor Third Stream for music that married classical and jazz techniques.

Before Fame

He played horn professionally with the American Ballet Theatre when he was only 15. His most famous works would be "Transformation" from 1957, "Concertino" from 1959, "Abstraction" from 1959, and "The Visitation" from 1966.

Trivia

He won the Pulitzer Prize for Music for "Of Reminiscences and Reflections" in 1994.

Family Life

His father was a violinist with the New York Philharmonic.

Associated With

He collaborated with Dizzy Gillespie on Perceptions, Gillespie's album from 1961.