Juilliard Has Completed Work on Its Grammy Museum Funded Project, "Digitizing Juilliard's History"

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Juilliard Has Completed Work on Its Grammy Museum Funded Project, "Digitizing Juilliard's History"


Gottlieb, Jane, Notes


Juilliard has completed work on its Grammy Museum funded project, "Digitizing Juilliard's history." The school received $15,112 from the Grammy Museum Foundation to preserve 483 recordings from its first decade of audio recordings, 1951 to 1959. All of these recordings are available at http://jmedia.juilliard.edu/digital/custom/grammy?_ga =2.65425002.53484, along with digital copies of the programs.

The tapes from Juilliard's first decade of audio recording were made during the tenure of its third and legendary president, the composer William Schuman, who served from 1945 to 1961. Schuman (winner of the first Pulitzer Prize in Music) significantly expanded Juilliard's mission with the establishment of its Dance Division, under the direction of Martha Hill, in 1951. Among the Dance Division's founding faculty members were Martha Graham, Antony Tudor, and Jose Limon. Schuman also established the Juilliard String Quartet as the school's quartet in residence. He fostered an active commissioning program for new works, many of which were premiered for the school's fiftieth anniversary celebration "Festival of American Music" in February 1956.

Among the notable performances preserved from the above festival are the performance of Schuman 's own Violin Concerto with Isaac Stern as soloist, and the premiere of Juilliard's fiftieth anniversary commission of Aaron Copland's Piano Fantasy by William Masselos. …

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