I like Schuman's symphonies so if Piston's are superior I'll have to pick up a CD. Maybe the Gerard Schwarz 2 & 6.Well Happy Birthday Walter Piston! It's kind of sad that his music is generally unknown and hardly ever played anymore. His symphonies are much more interesting and listenable than those of his contemporaries William Schuman, Roger Sessions and that ilk. Piston's greatest legacy won't be his music: it's those texbooks: Harmony and Orchestration in particular.