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Harold Shapero Papers

Identifier: 03-MWalB00392A


  • 1928-2012


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Biographical / Historical

Harold Samuel Shapero was a composer, pianist, and Professor of Music at Brandeis University for 37 years, from 1951 to 1988. Shapero was born on April 29, 1920 in Lynn, Massachusetts, and grew up in Newton, Massachusetts. He studied music under Walter Piston at Harvard, Nadia Boulanger at the Longy School of Music, and at the Berkshire Music Center (Tanglewood) with Paul Hindemith and Aaron Copland. He was also mentored by Igor Stravinsky. At Brandeis, Professor Shapero was a noted teacher and mentor to numerous students of composition and theory and chaired the Department of Music during the 1960’s. Professor Shapero was a composer identified with the Neo-Classical “Stravinsky” school of American classical music. He is most known for his Symphony for Classical Orchestra , which was premiered by Leonard Bernstein and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He was married to visual artist Esther Geller. He died on May 17, 2013 at age 93.


23.5 Linear Feet

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Hannah Spencer and Sean Beebe, 2015. BiogHist written by Matthew Chernick.
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