B0211. (NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC) Howard Shanet. Philharmonic, A History of New York's Orchestra. Garden City, Doubleday, 1975. 788pp. Index; Bibliography; Photos; Appendices incl. Complete Annals of Repertoire, Conductors & Soloists, 1942-71; DJ. An indispensable, invaluable reference source, most elusive. Final mylar-covered copy! - 0-385-08861-2
“Howard Shanet, a conductor, composer and professor at Columbia University who wrote an important history of the New York Philharmonic, appeared with several major American orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic and the Boston Symphony, and he frequently performed in New York with the organizations he founded, Music-in-the-Making and String Revival. He was partial to new music and unusual works that had become eclipsed, like Sousa's operetta EL CAPITAN, a Schubert opera, DIE ZWILLINGSBRÜDER, for which he commissioned an English libretto from Chester Kallman and Gottschalk's NIGHT IN THE TROPICS, which became popular in the 1970's in Mr. Shanet's reconstruction.
After World War II Mr. Shanet studied composition with Bohuslav Martinu and Aaron Copland and conducting with Koussevitzky and Fritz Stiedry. He was a conducting assistant to Leonard Bernstein at the New York City Symphony in the early 1950s and wrote program notes for the New York Philharmonic in 1959 and 1960.
He eventually returned to the Philharmonic in a different guise, as a historian researching his PHILHARMONIC: A HISTORY OF NEW YORK'S ORCHESTRA, published in 1975. Four years later, when books about the orchestra by Henry Edward Krehbiel, James Gibbons Huneker and John Erskine were reissued together as EARLY HISTORIES OF THE NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC, Mr. Shanet wrote an introduction and historical notes. He also published a music textbook, LEARN TO READ MUSIC, in 1956.
In 1953 Mr. Shanet joined Columbia as a professor of music and a conductor of the University's orchestra. He was chairman of Columbia's music department from 1972 to 1978 and later was a professor emeritus.”
- Allan Kozinn, THE NEW YORK TIMES, 22 June, 2006