Schuller, Gunther (Alexander)
- Richard Dyer
- and Norbert Carnovale
(b New York, 22 Nov 1925; d Boston, 21 June 2015). American composer, conductor, educator, writer, publisher, and record producer. He was born into a musical family that had emigrated to America from Germany; his father played in the violin section of the New York PO for 42 years. In 1937 Schuller enrolled in the St Thomas Church Choir School in New York where his general musical education was supervised by Tertius Noble. By the time he finished high school, he was already a horn player of professional calibre. At the age of 16 he performed in the American première broadcast of Shostakovich’s Symphony no.7, the ‘Leningrad’, conducted by Toscanini; his first book, Horn Technique (London and New York, 1962, 2/1992) has remained a standard reference.
After a season touring in the American Ballet Theatre orchestra under the direction of Antal Dorati, Schuller was appointed to the position of principal horn in the Cincinnati SO (from ...