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Maria Schneider: At Home

Maria Schneider at home

Composer-arranger Maria Schneider has found a sweet haven on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, where she has been living and working since 1993. Upon entering her cozy, one-bedroom apartment in a rent-controlled building on 72nd Street, located just half a block from Central Park, one is struck by the smart, efficient use of space. “I live a pretty lean life here, right?” she laughs while surveying her tidy habitat. “I pretty much work, eat and do business here.”

But she definitely could use another room. “I wish I had a place just for music where the business is shut out,” she says. “There can be a lot of distractions here when I’m working on writing. But one of these days I’m going to have just a small studio with a Steinway B, a drafting board, maybe a little sound system—and no phone, no computer, no nothing. It doesn’t need to have a view. It’s just a functional space. It needs to feel like a practice room—just a place to go to work.”

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