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From the Archives - Two Thirds

Composers William Schuman (left) and Ned Rorem (right).
Composers William Schuman (left) and Ned Rorem (right).

In the continuing series of “Surprise Symphonies,” we have marvelous works by 20th century American composers Ned Rorem and William Schuman – both of which are titled Symphony No. 3. Rorem and Schuman helped to define the American sound in classical music and we’ll hear their genius on full display.

Compositions and Recordings

Symphony No. 3
by Ned Rorem
Maurice Abravanel and the Utah Symphony

Symphony No. 3
by William Schuman
Leonard Slatkin and the Chicago Symphony

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