Happy belated centenary to American composer William Schuman (1910-1992), born on August 4th, 100 years ago.
Tim Smith of The Baltimore Sun has an excellent post about William Schuman and this overlooked anniversary, including a video of Schuman on "What's My Line?": "William Schuman's Centennial a Reminder of Music We're Missing"
I discovered Schuman's music as a violist in the New Jersey All State Orchestra in high school, where we played the New England Triptych. It has remained one of my favorite pieces, both for the chirpy variations on "Chester" and the beautiful opening bassoon and oboe duet of the middle movement.