Longtime Pittsburgh Symphony Percussionist William Schneiderman Dies

Classic Arts News   Longtime Pittsburgh Symphony Percussionist William Schneiderman Dies
William Schneiderman, the Pittsburgh Symphony's percussionist and timpanist for nearly 40 years, died September 12, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

He was 89 years old, and died of complications from heart surgery.

Schneiderman studied at the Juilliard School, and worked as a freelance timpanist before being recruited by Fritz Reiner to the Pittsburgh Symphony in 1943. He played timpani at both the PSO and the Chautauqua Symphony until the mid-1950s, when he switched to percussion at the PSO.

At Chautauqua Symphony, he was known for his annual performances of Adolph Schreiner's The Worried Drummer, in which one percussionist must frantically play all the different instrumental parts.

He taught percussion at both Carnegie Mellon University and Duquesne University. After his retirement in 1983, he played timpani with a community band.

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