American Composer and Cellist
Born: Baltimore, Maryland, June 4, 1915
Married: 9/17/46 to pianist Sophie Pratt Bostelmann (1916-1982)
Children: Jay (1949)/Laurie (1951)/Marc (1953)/Lisa (1956)
Died: Hudson, New York, July 10, 2002
Peabody Conservatory, Baltimore
Cello: Bart Wirtz
Harmony: Louis Cheslock
Erasmus Hall High School, Brooklyn, 1928-9
Brooklyn Vocational High School, 1929-32
National Orchestral Association/Leon Barzin, 1929-32
Juilliard School, New York, 1932-37
Cello: Felix Salmond
Composition: Bernard Wagenaar
Orchestra: Albert Stoessel
Additional Cello Studies: Emanuel Feuermann, 1939
Additional Composition Studies: Paul Hindemith, 1942
U.S. Maritime Service, 1942-45
As Cellist & Composer:
Local 802, American Federation of Musicians, 1931
Kreiner String Quartet, 1935-38
N.B.C. Symphony/Arturo Toscanini, 1937-42, 1948-54
Stuyvesant String Quartet, 1938-54
New Friends of Rhythm, 1938-47
American Society of Musical Arrangers, 1942
Symphony of the Air, 1954-57
Violoncello Society, Inc. Founding member, 1956; President, 1967-72
Philharmonia Trio, 1962-69
Haydn Quartet, 1972-82
Chevalier du Violoncelle, Indiana University, 1997
Of related interest:
David Ewen. American Composers. New York: Putnam, 1982.
B. H. Haggin. The Toscanini Musicians Knew. New York: Horizon, 1967.
The Strad. "Affinity for Strings." November 1988.
Gunther Schuller. The Swing Era. New York: Oxford UP, 1989.
Video: Toscanini: The Maestro. Video Arts International, 1985.
Margaret Campbell. The Great Cellists. N. Pomfret, VT: Trafalgar SQ, 1989.
The New Grove II. Entry by Margaret Campbell. Macmillan, 2001.
Peter J. Levinson: September in the Rain: The Life of Nelson Riddle. Billboard Books, 2001.
Mortimer Frank: Arturo Toscanini: The NBC Years. Portland, OR: Amadeus Press, 2002.
The Letters of Arturo Toscanini. Edited & translated by Harvey Sachs. Knopf, New York, 2002.
Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise. Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2007.
- The Stuyvesant Quartet's 1947 recording of the Brahms Clarinet Quintet with Al Gallodoro, and their celebrated 1951 recordings of the Mozart D-Major Quartets,
K. 499 & 575, have been reissued on Bridge Records (9397) Copies may be ordered from us at $ 17. postpaid, or from www.Amazon.com
Lloyd Schwartz's 'Fresh Air' review, broadcast August 15 is here:
Gems Music www.gemsmusicpublications.com has published two Alan Shulman viola works.
- Variations (1984) for Viola, Harp and Strings. Score & Parts (GPL 192)
- Variations (1984) Viola/Piano reduction. (GPL 193)
- 2 Episodes for Viola Quartet 1. Night 2. Ancora. Score & Parts. (GPL 194)
- 3 Canadian Folksongs for Violin Quartet. Score & Parts. (GPL 198)
- Alfred Rental www.alfred.com
is now handling the following Alan Shulman orchestral catalogue, including
Theme & Variations (1940) for Viola & Orchestra (and Viola, Strings & Harp), Rendezvous,
A Laurentian Overture, Cello Concerto, Waltzes for Orchestra, Prelude for Orchestra, Woodstock Waltzes,
Quilt, Pastorale & Dance, Kol Nidre, Theme & Variations (1966) for Cello & Chamber Orchestra, In Memorium
- Sophie, plus the rental for the string orchestra pieces published by Sam Fox: A Nocturne for Strings,
An Elizabethan Legend, The Bop Gavotte, Minuet for Moderns, Viennese Lace and Portrait of Lisa.
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Alfred Rental Library, 16320 Roscoe Boulevard, Suite 140, Van Nuys, CA 91406 (818) 891-5999 x 157
- The Music Division of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
has opened the Alan Shulman papers for research.
For more information, contact the Music Division at email@example.com
Matt Snyder, Archivist, Manuscripts & Archives Division, New York Public Library firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 917-229-9582
- Hal Leonard now has for sale the Alan Shulman pieces originally
published by Weintraub Music. Order direct, or through your music dealer:
- DRIPPING FAUCET
- FIVE CELLO DUOS FOR STUDENT AND TEACHER
G. Schirmer www.schirmer.com now has available as Print-on-Demand ("Manuscript Edition") titles:
- J.S. on the Rocks (a/k/a/ Nightcap)
- Vodka Float (a/k/a Sailor's Dance)
- Ricky Tic Serenade
- Sunnin' on the Sand
- Warner Archive has released on DVD the 1950 RKO noir The Tattooed Stranger with Alan Schulman's (sic)
exciting film score. Shot on location in New York City, this 62 minute whodunit has never been available in any format.
- For many years Alan Shulman's music was unavailable on compact disc.
Fortunately, a number of recent CD reissues are now available from www.worldsrecords.com in Petaluma, California.
Alan's Too Late The Spring, with lyrics by Steve Allen, is on two recent reissues:
- Irene Kral: The Band And I & SteveIreneO! (Fresh Sound 626)
- Barbara McNair: Front Row Center. (Sepia 1148)
- New Friends of Rhythm (Hep 1086) Shulman originals and arrangements.
- Maxine Sullivan "Le Ruban Bleu" with New Friends of Rhythm (Shulman arrangements) (Baldwin Street 303)
- Artie Shaw: The' Artistry' of Artie Shaw (Hep 78) (Rendezvous, Mood in Question and Alan's arrangement of I Concentrate on You.
- Rise Stevens: Dearly Beloved (Flare 256) has several of Alan's arrangements done around the time he taught orchestration to Nelson Riddle.
Amazon has Rise's out-of-print The Pop Side (Collectors Choice) from the same 1945-47 session in outstanding studio sound.
- Leo Reisman's "Puttin on the Ritz" (Flare 254) has Alan's arrangement of Lost in a Fog, recorded for Brunswick in 1934.
- The definitive Shulman orchestral collection, Music of Alan Shulman (9119) is available from www.bridgerecords.com.
- Wesley Baldwin's recording Alan Shulman: Works for Cello (Troy 1187) is available from www.albanyrecords.com
Kalmus-Masters now has for sale three long-unavailable Alan Shulman titles formerly in the Sam Fox catalogue.
- One Man Show - Sketches for the Piano. (1961) Mis-printed on the cover as 'Alan Schulman' (sic).
- Hues of Blues 1. Light Blue 2. Dark Blue. Piano Solo. (1961)
- Suite for the Young Cellist. Cello & Piano. (1961)
Call toll-free to order: (800) 434-6340 as their online search is difficult to use. www.masters-music.com
- Producer Fred Flaxman has done a one-hour program of Alan Shulman's music for his PRX series 'Compact Discoveries.'
Log in and listen now at: www.prx.org/pieces/57296-compact-discoveries-176-alan-shulman
- Albany Records has released cellist Wesley Baldwin's recording of Alan Shulman's
Works for Cello (Troy 1187). The CD includes the first new recording of the Concerto for Violoncello,
with the Hot Springs Festival Orchestra, as well as the premiere recordings of Homage to Erik Satie,
Serenade, Lament, Lament II, and Suite for Solo Cello, and Suite for the Young Cellist. Orders may be placed at www.albanyrecords.com
- Violist Jennifer Smith has made the first recording of Alan Shulman's Suite for Solo Viola on a self-produced CD, "Crossing Boundaries," with her husband, writer Scott Friskics.
Contact Jennifer directly about ordering: email@example.com
- Alan Shulman's setting of Christopher Marlowe's The Passionate Shepherd to His Love for SATB & Harp
has been published by Hal Leonard (www.halleonard.com) $1.95 ea, 16 pps. includes harp part (HL 08711520).
- Steven Honigberg's long-awaited biography of Leonard Rose has been published by Beckham
www.beckhamhouse.com It contains a coupon for a CD of Rose's 1950 premiere of the Alan
Shulman Cello Concerto with the New York Philharmonic conducted by Dimitri Mitropoulos.
- Clarinetist Maureen Hurd recorded Rendezvous with pianist Barbara Gonzalez-Palmer for MSR Classics.
This première of the clarinet/piano version will be released November 1, 2009.
- Jazz pianist Judy Carmichael interviewed Jay Shulman about Alan's music and Jay's work with it for her NPR program Jazz Inspired. It can be heard at wwww.judycarmichael.com Click on 'Radio Show,' 'Archived Shows,' and 'Jay Shulman.' 59 minutes.
- Alex Ross's highly-praised The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century mentions the New Friends of Rhythm in the chapter "Radio Music."
- Masters Music/Kalmus (now called Ludwig-Masters Publications) now has available for sale Alan Shulman's string orchestra works An Elizabethan Legand, The Bop Gavotte, Viennese Lace, Minuet for Moderns, Portrait of Lisa, and A Nocturne for Strings. Masters also has Threnody, Suite for the Young Cellist, Hues of Blues and One Man Show. www.masters-music.com
- Out of print for more than 60 years, The New Friends of Rhythm recordings have long been favorites of Alan Shulman fans. These sought after recordings, unavailable since the 78 era, has been released in 2007 on Hep Records. The CD, remasted by Doug Pomeroy with notes by Jay Shulman, includes the complete instrumental commercial recordings, plus rare broadcast airchecks.
- Singer Danielle Woerner has released on her new CD Voices of the Valley which will include the first recording of Song of the Moon Festival in the Woods, one of Alan Shulman's earliest compositions, from his music for the 1934 theatre piece The Chinese Nightingale. (Troy 877)
- Bridge Records (9188) has released "Rey de la Torre," historic recordings by the Cuban-born master that were originally recorded for Philharmonia Records and have long been unavailable. Included are the first LP recording
of the Boccherini "Fandango" Quintet with the Stuyvesant Quartet,
unavailable since its original release in 1951, and Rey's popular "Music for the Spanish Guitar"
recorded in 1952 and reissued as a Nonesuch Records LP in the 1960s. Remastering by Brian C. Peters.
- Violist Robert Glazer and pianist Gilda Glazer have recorded Theme & Variations
on a Centaur CD, "Amber Waves" (CRC 2755).
- Piedmont Music has published Ben Franklin Suite for string orchestra.
Composed in 1963 and based on the string quartet attributed to
Benjamin Franklin, it was performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra on their Bi-Centennial
celebration concerts in 1976. Set C (8-8-8-4-4, optional Vn. 3, score & piano conductor)
are available for sale $50.00 and can be ordered from jwpepper.com.
- Jay Shulman's article on the Stuyvesant String Quartet "Band of Brothers," appeared in the
Summer, 2005 issue of Classic Record Collector.
- Albany Records has released "Soaring Spirit" (Troy 715) featuring Joseph De Pasquale's and Angela Chang's new recording of Theme and Variations in the 1940 original viola and piano version. In 1954, at De Pasquale's request, Alan orchestrated the Theme and Variations for Viola, Strings and Harp.
- Bridge Records (9137) has released the second Stuyvesant String Quartet CD. Included are the Philharmonia/Nonesuch Malipiero Rispetti e Strambotti, their celebrated 1951 recordings of the Debussy and Ravel Quartets, and the 1946 radio broadcast premiere of Alan Shulman's Rendezvous for Clarinet & String Quartet (Rendezvous with Benny) with Benny Goodman. Audio restoration by Brian C. Peters, notes by Laurie Shulman, and an expanded history of the Quartet by Jay Shulman. Online credit card orders: bridgerecords.com or $16 postpaid by check to Jay Shulman, P.O. Box 602, Claverack, NY 12513.
American composer, cellist and arranger Alan Shulman was born in Baltimore, June 4, 1915.
Shulman's early studies were with Bart Wirtz (cello) and Louis Cheslock (harmony) at the Peabody Conservatory.
In 1928 the family moved to Brooklyn where Alan played in the National Orchestral Association under Leon Barzin. He received a New York Philharmonic Scholarship, studying cello with Joseph Emonts and harmony with Winthrop Sargent.
He joined Local 802, America Federation of Musicians in 1931.
From 1932-37 he attended the Juilliard School where he was a fellowship student, studying cello with Felix Salmond and composition with Bernard Wagenaar. While still a student, he composed music for the American Children's Theatre production of Hans Christian Anderson's The Chinese Nightingale (1934). He continued his cello studies with Emanuel Feuermann (1939) and composition with Paul Hindemith (1942).
Alan Shulman was cellist of the Kreiner String Quartet (1935-38). In 1938, with his brother, violinist Sylvan Shulman, he co-founded the Stuyvesant String Quartet which during the 1940s and 1950s were noted for their performances and recordings of contemporary quartets of Bloch, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Malipiero, Hindemith and Kreisler, among others. In 1941 they played the American premiere of the Shostakovich Piano Quintet at Carnegie Hall and recorded it for Columbia Records.
The Shulman brothers' swing septet The New Friends of Rhythm recorded with Buster Bailey for Victor before the war, and with Maxine Sullivan for International Records after. (Baldwin Street Music BJH-303).
Alan Shulman was a charter member of the NBC Symphony Orchestra under Arturo Toscanini in 1937-42, serving in the U.S. Maritime Service 1942-45, and rejoining NBC from 1948-54.
During the 1930s and 1940s he was also active as an arranger for Leo Reisman, Andre Kostalanetz, Arthur Fiedler and Wilfred Pelletier's Metropolitan Opera Auditions of the Air. While in the Maritime Service, he taught orchestration to Nelson Riddle who went on to make celebrated arrangements for Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Nat "King" Cole.
Shulman's first successful composition was Theme and Variations for Viola and Orchestra which received its premiere over NBC in 1941 with Emanuel Vardi (Bridge 9119) as soloist. Theme & Variations has been recorded by Yizhak Schotten (Crystal CD 635), Cathy Basrak (Cedille 90000 053), Joseph DePasquale (Albany/Troy 715) and Robert Glazer (Centaur 2755). Chicago Symphony principal Milton Preves played the work often, and it is in the repertoire of most American viola soloists.
His Suite on American Folk Songs was premiered at Carnegie Hall in 1944 by violinist Eudice Shapiro with pianist Vivian Rivkin.
Jascha Heifetz performed and recorded "Cod Liver 'Ile" from the Suite (Heifetz Collection, Vol.35).
Shulman's Pastorale and Dance was first played by Sylvan Shulman over ABC in 1944 and was performed by Oscar Shumsky with the Baltimore Symphony in 1947.
Between 1945-47 Shulman arranged five cross-over albums or soprano Rise Stevens for Columbia Records (Sony CCM-067-2)
Alan Shulman joined ASCAP in 1948.
He wrote music for children's records (James Thurber's Many Moons - Columbia), for radio and for motion pictures, including the RKO feature The Tattooed Stranger.
Waltzes for Orchestra received its premiere by the NBC Symphony with Milton Katims conducting October 15, 1949 on a Carnegie Hall network broadcast (Bridge 9119).
His Threnody (for the fallen soldiers of Israel) was premiered by the NBC String Quartet during Jewish Music Week in February, 1950.
Shulman's Rendezvous, written for Benny Goodman (Bridge 9137), was recorded by Artie Shaw with the New Music Quartet for Columbia (Hep 78) and by Richard Stoltzman with Tashi for RCA/BMG (7901-2-RC) in 1989. Al Gallodoro's 1946 NBC Symphony performance is included on Bridge 9119.
Leonard Rose premiered Shulman's Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra with the New York Philharmonic under Dimitri Mitropoulos in 1950.
Guido Cantelli conducted the premiere of Shulman's A Laurentian Overture with the Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall in 1952. The Overture was dedicated to Talullah Bankhead. Olin Downes in the New York Times called it "boldly and mischievously made."
In 1946 Shulman married pianist Sophie Pratt Bostelmann (1916-1982) They had four children.
Alan Shulman was a founder of the Symphony of the Air (1954), and the Violoncello Society (1956). He was the Society's President 1967-72.
His Suite Miniature for Octet of Celli was written in 1956 for the Fine Arts Cello Ensemble of Los Angeles.
In the 1950s, Shulman wrote popular songs with entertainer Steve Allen and arranged for Skitch Henderson, Raoul Poliakin and Felix Slatkin.
During the 1960s and 70s, Shulman was busy in the recording and television studios, and composed teaching material
and works for band including 3 Faces of Glen Cove, Interstate 90, The Corn Shuckers and Mazatlan and arranged for singer-songwriter Cris Williamson's debut recording on Ampex Records.
He was cellist of the Philharmonia Trio (1962-69) (CRI), the Vardi Trio (MMO), An Die Musik (1976-7) of the Haydn Quartet (1972-82).
Shulman taught cello at Sarah Lawrence College, Juilliard, SUNY-Purchase, Johnson State College (VT) and the University of Maine.
In the 1980s his health declined and he retired in 1987.
Alan Shulman was made a Chevalier du Violoncelle by the Eva Janzer Cello Center at Indiana Unversity in 1997.
Alan Shulman died July 10, 2002 at a nursing home in Hudson, New York.
He is survived by his sons Jay Shulman, a cellist, and Marc Shulman, a guitarist; and daughters Laurie Shulman, a program annotator and author, and Lisa Shulman.
Alan Shulman's works are published by Chappell/Warner, Sam Fox, MCA/Leeds, Mills Music, and Bregman, Vocco & Conn (EAM), Shawnee Press and Weintraub Music (G. Schirmer), and Tetra/Masters Music.
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- Bridge Records (9119) has released "The Music of Alan Shulman," June 2002. Recording engineer Brian C Peters did the remastering. Compositions included are "Theme & Variations," in Emanuel Vardi's first performance, clarinet virtuoso Al Gallodoro performing "Rendezvous," Leonard Bernstein conducting Shulman's arrangement of "Hatikvah," Milton Katims conducting "A Nocturne for Strings," and "Waltzes for Orchestra," a rare Guido Cantelli performance of "A Laurentian Overture," and Don Gillis conducting "Minuet for Moderns" and "The Bop Gavotte." The CD can be ordered from us $16.00 postpaid at the address below, online from Bridge Records, or in stores everywhere.
- Peter J. Levinson's biography of Nelson Riddle, September in the Rain, published by Billboard Books in September, discusses Alan Shulman's mentoring of the celebrated arranger. Riddle and Shulman were in the Merchant Marine stationed at Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn 1943-4. Available from Amazon.com.
- Jay Shulman's article, "My Student - Alan Shulman" is in the Spring 2002 issue of "Nelson's Notes - The Journal of the Nelson Riddle Appreciation Society."
- Jay Shulman's article, "Laura Newell, the Shulman Brothers and The New Friends of Rhythm," appeared in the Summer, 2001 issue of the American Harp Journal. It contains a Laura Newell discography, and some great photographs of the group at work.
- Parnassus Records has released the first appearance on Compact Disc of the Stuyvesant String Quartet. PACD 96026 includes the 1950 Hindemith Quartet in f-minor (Opus 10), the Villa-Lobos String Quartet No. 6 in E (unavailable for 50 years), and a previously unreleased live performance of the Quincy Porter String Quartet No. 7. Analog-to-digital remastering by Mark Obert-Thorne, program notes by Laurie Shulman and a history of the Stuyvesant Quartet by Jay Shulman. Online credit card orders can be placed at http://www.qualiton.com or by check to the address below, $16.00 postpaid.
- Violist Cathy Basrak's recording of Theme and Variations in its original 1940 version for viola and piano has appeared on Cedille Records CDR 90000 053. Assisted by pianists William Koehler and Robert Koenig, "American Viola Works" also features music by George Rochberg, Fredreick Jacobi, Quincy Porter and Lowell Liebermann. Online orders can be placed at Cedille's Website: http://www.cedillerecords.org.
- Laurie Shulman's "The Meyerson Symphony Center: Building a Dream" has been published by the University of North Texas Press. ISBN 1-57441-082-2 cloth, $39.95 plus $10.00 shipping for an inscribed copy. 448pps 30 color, 55 b&w photos, 24 illustrations. Orders: Laurie Shulman, 9120 Dunmore Drive, Dallas, TX 75231.
- Now available: "Suite Based on American Folk Songs" for Violin and Piano. $22.50. After being buried for years in the Shawnee rental catalog, we have retained the copyright and have published this wonderful work which has been performed by Eudice Shapiro, Joseph Gingold and Jascha Heifetz, who recorded "Cod Liver Ile."
- Program notes for "Theme and Variations" are available from Laurie Shulman.
- Bernard Robbins, who was second violinist of the Stuyvesant Quartet, died November 28, 1999 after a short illness. He was 86. Born in New York in 1913, Bernie was raised in the Bronx, received a bachelor's degree from City College and a master's in mathematics from Columbia University. He studied at Juilliard with Sascha Jacobson, graduating in 1935. He was a member of the Kreiner Quartet with Sylvan and Alan Shulman before joining the National Symphony. From 1937 until 1944 he was a member of the Stradivarius Quartet. In 1944 he joined the NBC Symphony and in 1945 the Stuyvesant Quartet. In 1955 he joined the New York Philharmonic. For three years (1961-64) he was a member of the CBC String Quartet. He then rejoined the Philharmonic until his retirement in 1983. He remained an avid chamber music player.
- Milton Preves, for 46 years principal violist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, died June 10, 2000, a week short of his 91st birthday. Born in Cleveland, Milton joined the Chicago Symphony in 1934. He was a member of the Mischakoff String Quartet and the Chicago Symphony String Quartet. After hearing Vardi's broadcast premiere, he wrote to Alan requesting a copy of the "Theme and Variations." Milton gave the Chicago premiere in December 1943, Hans Lange conducting, and performed it again with Lange in February 1944. In 1947 he played it with Tauno Hannikainen, who also conducted the "Waltzes for Orchestra" with the CSO; on a 1966 telecast with Seiji Ozawa; and at Ravinia in 1979 with James Levine conducting. Milton conducted the premiere of Alan's "Prelude for Orchestra" with the North Shore Symphony Orchestra at Orchestra Hall in 1953. The "Suite for Solo Viola is dedicated to him. Milton taught Alan's music and his enthusiastic advocacy helped it to enter the standard viola repertoire. Milton's career and friendship is truly something we celebrate.
- Cellist Anthony Sophos died April 14, 2004. He was 81. Born in Peabody, Massachusetts 11 February 1923, Tony was raised in Cleveland and at 19 was appointed to the faculty of Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio. He played in the Cleveland Orchestra under Arthur Rodzinski 1942-44. When he came to New York to study with Felix Salmond at the Juilliard, Tony and Alan began a lifelong friendship. Tony was a member of the NBC Symphony under Arturo Toscanini 1947-8, and then joined with the New York Philharmonic under Dimitri Mitropoulos and Leonard Bernstein 1947-57. He was a member of the New York Philharmonic Cello Quartet with Laszlo Varga, Nathan Stutch and Martin Ormandy that recorded for Decca Records. Tony left the Philharmonic in 1958 to join CBS. He was an busy freelancer in radio, television and Broadway and recorded with Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, Perry Como and many others. He taught at Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY, The Masters School in Tarrytown, NY and The Westchester Conservatory of Music in White Plains, NY. Tony was my first teacher. When I announced in 1958 that I wanted to study cello, Alan took me to Tony, saying "A doctor doesn't operate on his own child." Tony's enthusiasm made him a great teacher who continues to inspire me. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn, and sons Marc and Kip, all wonderful musicians.
- Violinist Charles Libove died in May 22, 2008. Born in New York in 1926, he studied at the Curtis Institute and the Juilliard
Among his teachers were Lea Luboschutz, Ivan Galamian, and Demetrius Dounis. He played in the first Casals Festival in 1957 in
Puerto Rico, and in 1958 was the sole American Laureate at the Enesco Violin Competition in Bucharest. He was a member of the
Paganini Quartet, Marlboro Trio and the Naumberg Award-winning Beaux Arts Quartet.
He also taught at NYU, SUNY, American University and the Peabody Conservatory, and was among the busiest New York studio free-
With his wife, pianist Nina Lugovoy, he had the idea musical partner and together they performed a wealth of repertoire.
Their recording of the Ravel and Frank Bridge sonatas has been reissued on a MSR Classics CD (MS 1012)
In 1961, Charlie, Nina and Alan Shulman formed the Philharmonia Trio. Their 1962 Carnegie Recital Hall début was critically
acclaimed, and for the rest of the decade they gave memorable concerts throughout the United States while maintaining busy
teaching and freelance careers in New York. Their CRI recording of the Cowell and Semmler trios document their artistry.
Alan abruptly left the Trio during a 1969 tour.
Charlie and Nina had been part of our family during those years and it was a loss that affected us deeply.
In 1980, Alan and Sophie moved to the Woodstock area where the Liboves had a country home since the 1960s.
A reconciliation was effected when Charlie and Nina performed Alan's music on programs at Maverick
Concerts (where they performed for nearly 40 years) and at Merkin Concert Hall.
Charlie was a violinist's violinist. His effortless bow arm, facile left hand technique and flawless shifts, produced a
tone that was a thing of beauty. Charlie was highly opinionated, but often spoke of the great violinists of yesteryear with
and humility. He was truly among their ranks.
- Violist Emanuel Vardi died at his home in North Bend, Washington on January 29, 2011. Born in Jerusalem April 21, 1915, Manny studied violin at the Institute of Musical Art in New York
with Constance Seeger, and viola with Edouard Dethier at Juilliard, where he first met Alan Shulman. Alan, Sylvan and Manny played together in the NBC Symphony Orchestra. In 1941,
Manny gave the first performance of Alan's Theme & Variations with pianist Vivian Rivkin on his Town Hall debut, February 17, 1941. At Manny's suggestion, Alan orchestrated the work
and Manny played the radio premiere March 11, 1941 on a short-wave broadcast to South America, and an NBC network broadcast the same night. The second broadcast is on Bridge records CD 9119. Manny's championing of Theme & Variations help launch both their careers and its subsequent success is in large part owed to him. When violist Louis Kievman left the Stuyvesant Quartet in 1942, Manny replaced him. He plays on their Columbia recording of the Shostakovich String Quartet, Op. 49. While Manny was in the U.S. Navy Orchestra he played for the Roosevelts at the White House. After the war, Manny pursued his career as a soloist, performing the Theme & Variations with ABC in 1946 and with Los Angeles Philharmonic in 1947. He studied art in Florence 1950-52. Upon his return to New York, he became one of the busiest freelance players in radio and television, on classical and popular record dates, arranging and composing. His landmark viola recording of the Paganini Caprices has been reissued on Cembal d'Amour 129. Manny, Alan and pianist Ed Haimovitz recorded for Music Minus One Records as the Vardi Trio during the 1970s. Manny was Music Director of the South Dakota Symphony from 1977-82. Two injuries curtailed Manny's playing career in the early 1990s. He continued to give master classes, and paint. Manny is survived by his wife, musical and artistic partner Lenore Weinstock Vardi, and his daughters Andrea Smith and Pauline Normand.
- Threnody will be performed by the Atrium Quartet at the Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth (TX) November 16, 2013.
The CMSFW will also perform Rendezvous March 29, 2014 with clarinetist Julian Milkus, with Gary Levinson and Felix Olschofka, violins, Richard Young, viola, and Cellist Brinton Smith.
- Rendezvous was performed by clarinetist Ilya Shterenberg, with Elena Urioste, Bella Hristova, violins, Daniel Panner, viola, and Beth Rapier, cello at the Cactus Pear Music Festivalin San Antonio, Texas July 13, 2013, and on July 14 in Boerne, Texas.
- Clarinetist Peter Stoll and pianist Angela Park performed High Voltage, Mood in Question and Rendezvous, at the Hi-Way Pentecostal Church Colours of Music Festival, Barrie, Ontario, on September 26, 2012.
- Clarinetist Irvyn Venys and the Epoque Quartet have a new online performance of Rendezvous. It can be listened to here: www.soundcloud.com/concentus-moraviae/13-track-13 Rendezvous for Clarinet & Strings is featured on the Epoque Quartet's new CD with clarinetist Irvin Venyš "Irvin_Epoque Crossover" (ArcoDiva UP 0147 2 131)
- Owen Kotler performed Rendezvous with Cleveland Orchestra musicians, Alexandra Preucil, William Preucil,
Stephen Rose, Alyosia Friedman and Mark Kosower at the Weingut Hirsch in Langelots, Austria, September 3, 2012.
- Rendezvous will be performed at the Cactus Pear Music Festival in San Antonio, TX, July 4, 2013. www.cpmf.us
- Los Angeles Philharmonic principal violist Carrie Dennis will
perform Theme & Variations, with the Chamber Orchestra
of the South Bay, with harpist Marcia Dickstein, at the
Norris Theatre, Rolling Hills Estates, (CA)March 4, 2012.
- The Poné Ensemble performed Four Moods for String Quartet
at the McKenna Theater of SUNY-New Paltz (NY) February 14, 2012.
- Clarinetist Peter Stoll performed Rendezvous with the Cecilia String Quartet,
Sarah Nematallah & Min-Jeong Koh, violins, Caitlin Boyle, viola and Rachel
Desoer at the Burton Avenue United Methodist Church in Toronto, October 1, 2011.
- August 26 & 27. Owen Kotler performed Rendezvous at the Pascal Winery in Talent, OR
on August 16, 2011 with Juan Jaramillo & Dawn Posey, violins,
Patrick Horn, viola and Naomi Barron cello. Owen played it at the Orcas Island (WA) Chamber Music Festival,
August 26 & 27, 2011.
- Clarinetist John Sadak and the Blue Ridge Chamber Players
performed Rendezvous on the Charlotte Chamber Music Series
at the 1st Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, NC, February 1, 2011.
- Maureen Hurd performed Rendezvous with pianist Blair McMillen June 9 at the Yale Club in New York City,
and July 13, 2011 at the Bar Harbor (ME) Music Festival.
- David Shifrin performed Rendezvous with the Amphion Quartet at Chamber
Music Northwest at Reed College, Portland OR, July 2, 2011.
- Violist Andrew Wijaranarong performed Theme & Variations with the Southwest Florida Youth Orchestra conducted by Michael Hall in Ft. Myers, FL May 22, 2011.
- Pastorale was performed by the Green River Cello Quartet, Christina Porkert,
Karin Haldeman, Julian Muller and Jay Shulman, at the Christian Community
in Hillsdale, NY, May 20, 2011.
- Wesley Baldwin played Suite for Solo Cello at University of Missouri - Kansas City,
March 20, 2011.
- The Eureka Symphony gave the world premiere of Alan Shulman's Many Moons, narrated by Donald Forrest, in Eureka, CA, February 4 & 5, 2011.
Based on James Thurber's 1944 Caldicott Prize-winning fairy tale, Alan wrote the score in 1947 for Columbia Records. The performance materials were reconstructed by conductor Carol Jacobson with pianist John Chernoff from sketches in the Shulman papers at the New York Public Library Music Division and the original recording.
Details about performance materials will be posted here soon.
- Alan Shulman's 1954 string orchestra works An Elizabethan Legend, Minuet for Moderns and The Bop Gavotte
was performed by the Westchester Chamber Orchestra under music director Barry Charles Hoffman on a
July 4th, 2010 program in New Rochelle, NY.
- Theme & Variations was performed by violist Ryan Vold with Dr. Lynda Bradley-Vacco
conducting the Bethel University Orchestra at Benson Great Hall, St. Paul, MN, May 7, 2010.
- Rendezvous (with Benny) was performed as part of Amerikanische Nacht by Dr. Michael Köhler with members of
the Leipzig-Philharmonie at the Bundesverwaltungsgericht, Leipzig, Germany, April 28, 2010.