York to St. Petersburg
a Musical Discovery
Irving Schlein was an
American composer who lived and worked his entire life in
New York City (see Biography). He was
a 1930 Juilliard graduate and studied composition with Aaron
Copland, Roy Harris, Wallingford Riegger and Roger Sessions.
In a 1947 competition, with Paul Hindemith as one of three
jurors, Schlein’s "Dance Overture" won First
Prize. He produced a large body of work comprising hundreds
of compositions across
diverse musical genres.
From 2001 to early 2008, Irving Schlein’s music came
to life through a unique collaboration with many of the finest
musicians in St. Petersburg, Russia. Nearly all of Schlein’s
musical repertoire was transcribed from their original manuscripts
to electronic form. And dozens of recording sessions produced
14 CDs, including all his chambers works, many piano concertos
and symphonies, and works for horn, flute, strings and woodwinds.
This “musical discovery” was the brainchild of
his late son, Peter Schlein.
This website provides a snapshot into the world of Irving