Deep River: The Life and Music of Robert Shaw

by Keith Burris


A painstaking effort more than 10 years in the making, this is the definitive biography of Robert Shaw, the father of American choral music. Shaw stands alongside key figures who created a culture of classical music in the United States, such as Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin, and his work is well-known among today's thousands of choral conductors. Shaw received 14 Grammy Awards, the first Guggenheim Fellowship ever awarded to a conductor, and four ASCAP Awards for service to contemporary music, as well as many other distinguished awards and recognitions. With numerous black-and-white photos, this essential work brings to light all aspects of the life and accomplishments of an American classical music icon. A DVD is included that contains 4.5 hours of rare footage of Robert Shaw in rehearsal at Boston University.

ISBN-13: 9781579999759

Publisher: Gia Publications

Publication date: 09/01/2013

Dear People . . . Robert Shaw: A Biography

by Joseph A. Mussulman


Examines Shaw's life, character, and career against the backdrop of developments in American musical history, highlighting the conductor's beliefs about the spiritual values of great music and his achievements as the director of numerous ensembles.

ISBN:  0253184576, 9780253184573

Publisher: Indiana University Press, 1979

Digitized: July 15, 2008

The Robert Shaw Reader

Edited by Robert Blocker


A collection of Shaw's letters.  A must read for someone who is captivated by Shaw's written philosophy on many subjects regarding music performance and preparation, composers and compositions.

It is sometimes said that geniuses are just like everybody else, only more so. Shaw, the heaven-storming Maestro, was also Shaw the earth raconteur.  Within these covers you will find high solemnity - and even higher aspirations - set check by jowl with endearingly awful jokes and Shaw's owl imitable brand of doggerel verse.  "Who touches this touches a man" Walt Whitman, who provided texts for so many sumptuous choral works, once observed of his own Leaves of Grass.  Much the same may be said for The Robert Shaw Reader.  - Tim Page, Washington D.C.

ISBN: 0-300-10454-5

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