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George Washington Bridge


William Howard Schuman, composer

George Washington Bridge, subtitled "An Impression for Band," was composed by William Howard Schuman in 1951. Schuman is one of America’s leading composers. A past President of Julliard School of Music and the Lincoln Center in New York, Schuman began to acquire national prominence when, in 1939, his American Festival Overture was performed by Koussevitsky and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. A listing of his works includes an opera, nine symphonies, concertos, choral works, chamber music, and several major bands works. George Washington Bridge depicts Schuman’s impression of this great bridge as he passed it on his way to work as he drove along the Henry Hudson Parkway on then New York Shore. This work is considered on of the major classics of the symphonic band repertory.

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