Schneider, Wayne (Joseph) 1950-
SCHNEIDER, Wayne (Joseph) 1950-
PERSONAL: Born 1950; married Paula Olsen (a librarian). Education: Cornell University, Ph.D.
CAREER: Musician, music scholar, educator, and editor. University of Vermont, Burlington, associate professor of music and university organist. Editor of musical scores, including compositions by Ruth Crawford Seeger.
Contributor of entries to Harvard Dictionary of Music, Grove Dictionary of American Music, Grove Dictionary of Jazz, and New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, and to periodicals, including Notes, American Music, Humanities, and Institute for Studies in American Music Newsletter.
SIDELIGHTS: A musician and scholar who has aided in the first publication of orchestral works by twentieth-century American composer Ruth Crawford Seeger, Wayne Schneider has also written widely on musical matters and has served as editor of The Gershwin Style: New Looks at the Music of George Gershwin, a 1999 collection of essays on the music of the American composer. Contributors include Gershwin biographer Edward Jablonski, music scholar Charles Hamm, and Steven Gilbert, author of Music of Gershwin. Various works are studied, as is Gershwin's place in the development of the player piano, the film Rhapsody in Blue (the title of which comes from one of his most-enjoyed works), and his later influence on popular music. Library Journal's Barry Zaslow felt that in order to fully enjoy this volume, readers should have a musical background. Zaslow called the collection "an eclectic mix of essays."
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:
Library Journal, February 1, 1999, Barry Zaslow, review of The Gershwin Style: New Looks at the Music of George Gershwin, p. 88.
Music & Letters, February, 1998, p. 156.
Notes, December, 1996, p. 626.