William Schuman

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Birthday
4, 1910
Birthplace
New York
Death Date
Feb 15, 1992 (81)
Birth Sign
Leo
Birthday
4, 1910
Birthplace
New York
Death Date
Feb 15, 1992 (81)

About

First recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Music. He won for his piece 'A Free Song,' adapted from poems by Walt Whitman.

Before Fame

He played the violin and banjo as a child, but he was more passionate about baseball than music. He started a dance band during his high-school years called Billy Schuman and his Alamo Society Orchestra.

Trivia

He was a composition professor at Sarah Lawrence College from 1935 until 1945 and became president of Juilliard School in 1945. He was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 1987.

Family Life

His parents Samuel and Rachel Schuman were Jewish and residing in Manhattan when he was born.

Associated With

His parents named him after the 27th U.S. president William Howard Taft.

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