Gunther Schuller at 80 Reflects on a Life in Music

This weekend, the Boston Symphony Orchestra pays tribute to Gunther Schuller, one of the 20th century's great composers.

Schuller, who's composed more than 180 works, turns 80 this month. To celebrate, music director James Levine and the BSO will perform one of his most innovative pieces, called "Spectra."

As a composer, Schuller is renowned for blending classical and jazz music. He's also an accomplished conductor, performer, teacher and record producer.

This week, Morning Edition producer Matt Largey sat down with Schuller at his Newton home for some reflections on his life in music.

This program aired on November 18, 2005. The audio for this program is not available.


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