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About Leonard Bernstein
Leonard Bernstein was one of 20th century's most influential composers. The score for the Broadway musical "West Side Story" is one of his most famous pieces. This exhibit spans his versatile career on the month of what would have been his 100th birthday. The items in this collection include biographies (which explain his musical talents that developed fluently by his bar mitzvah). These biographies will also introduce patrons to Bernstein the humanitarian. In reaction to events like the Vietnam War and the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Bernstein was dedicated to creating beauty in his work in the hope to influence peace.
The exhibit includes an array of recordings and performances that reflect his diverse talents as a musician and as a conductor. Some are well-known and there are some which may be new to patrons. The exhibit also contains Bernstein's performances aimed at children. Bernstein's concerts for young people include classical compositions such as "Peter and the Wolf" and "The Sorcerer's Apprentice". The front case has a sampling of scores from Bernstein's repertoire. Many more of Bernstein's works can be found upstairs at MPAL in Special Collections.
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The Leonard Bernstein Letters by
Call Number: CDISC M25 W36T8
Publication Date: 2013-10-29
Leonard Bernstein was a charismatic and versatile musician--a brilliant conductor who attained international super-star status, and a gifted composer of Broadway musicals (West Side Story), symphonies (Age of Anxiety), choral works (Chichester Psalms), film scores (On the Waterfront), and much more. Bernstein was also an enthusiastic letter writer, and this book is the first to present a wide-ranging selection of his correspondence. The letters have been selected for the insights they offer into the passions of his life--musical and personal--and the extravagant scope of his musical and extra-musical activities. Bernstein's letters tell much about this complex man, his collaborators, his mentors, and others close to him. His galaxy of correspondents encompassed, among others, Aaron Copland,Stephen Sondheim, Jerome Robbins, Thornton Wilder, Boris Pasternak, Bette Davis, Adolph Green, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and family members including his wife Felicia and his sister Shirley. The majority of these letters have never been published before. They have been carefully chosen to demonstrate the breadth of Bernstein's musical interests, his constant struggle to find the time to compose, his turbulent and complex sexuality, his political activities, and his endless capacity for hard work. Beyond all this, these writings provide a glimpse of the man behind the legends: his humanity, warmth, volatility, intellectual brilliance, wonderful eye for descriptive detail, and humor.
Leonard Bernstein by
Call Number: GV1785.N8 N87
Publication Date: 2008-08-19
One of the most gifted, celebrated, scrutinized, and criticized musicians in the second half of the twentieth century, Leonard Bernstein made his legendary conducting debut at the New York Philharmonic in 1943, at age 25. A year later, he became a sensation on Broadway with the premiere of On the Town. Throughout the 1950s, his Broadway fame only grew with Wonderful Town, Candide, and West Side Story. And in 1958, the Philharmonic appointed him the first American Music Director of a major symphony orchestra--a signal historical event. He was adored as a quintessential celebrity but one who could do it all--embracing both popular and classical music, a natural with the new medium of television, a born teacher, writer, and speaker, as well as a political and social activist. In 1976, having conducted the Philharmonic for more than one thousand concerts, he took his orchestra on tour to Europe for the last time. All of this played out against the backdrop of post-Second World War New York City as it rose to become the cultural capital of the world--the center of wealth, entertainment, communications, and art--and continued through the chaotic and galvanizing movements of the 1960s that led to its precipitous decline by the mid 1970s. The essays within this book do not simply retell the Bernstein story; instead, Leonard Bernstein's brother, Burton Bernstein, and current New York Philharmonic archivist and historian, Barbara B. Haws, have brought together a distinguished group of contributors to examine Leonard Bernstein's historic relationship with New York City and its celebrated orchestra. Composer John Adams, American historians Paul Boyer and Jonathan Rosenberg, music historians James Keller and Joseph Horowitz, conductor and radio commentator Bill McGlaughlin, musicologist Carol Oja, and music critics Tim Page and Alan Rich have written incisive essays, which are enhanced by personal reminiscences from Burton Bernstein. The result is a telling portrait of Leonard Bernstein, the musician and the man.