Leonard Bernstein American Original

ISBN-10: 0061537861

ISBN-13: 9780061537868

Edition: 2008

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Description: 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.

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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 8/19/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 240
Size: 8.75" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.980
Language: English

Introduction
Foreword
Helluva Town: My New York 1943 to 1976
A Brother's Recollection: On the Town
Leonard Bernstein: Humanitarian and Social Activist
A Brother's Recollection: Paying the Price
Bernstein's Musicals: Reflections of Their Time
A Brother's Recollection; Easy Laughter of a Grand Wit
Leonard Bernstein and Television: Envisioning a Higher Purpose
A Brother's Recollection: The Maestro's New Medium
Leonard Bernstein's Separate Peace with Berlin
An Idealist Abroad
As Music Director: A Quest for Meaning and Identity
A Brother's Recollection: Charismatic Teacher, Consummate Performer
On the Podium: Intellect and Ecstasy
Bernstein and Mahler: Channeling a Prophet
A Brother's Recollection: Mahler's Muse Tempts Another
An American Voice
Afterword
Chronology
Contributors' Bios
Illustration Credits, Acknowledgements
Index
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