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" ... Conductor of the nation's premier orchestra, the New York Philharmonic; composer of concert music and scores for the popular musical theater; virtuoso pianist ... [in this book] Mr. Bernstein is seen as only few have been privileged to see him: offstage among his family and friends, working, playing, contemplating his origins, dealing with the hectic present, speculating about the future ... [the] author spent a summer in Italy with the vacationing Bernsteins, then observed the amazingly crowded routines of their life in New York and Connecticut ... [offers] an intimate, offstage view of Leonard bernstein, his family, and his friends. With a playlet, monologues, dialogues, reflections, revelations, and predictions. Leonard Bernstein talks with charm, humor, unsparing honesty, and total recall about the phenomenon of Leonard Bernstein ..."--Inside flaps.

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Author: John Gruen
Publisher: New York : Viking Press
Release: 1968
File: 191 Pages
ISBN-13: UOM:39015046295393

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From his dazzling conducting debut in 1943 until his death in 1990, Leonard Bernstein's star blazed brilliantly. In this fresh and revealing biography of Bernstein's political life, Barry Seldes examines Bernstein's career against the backdrop of cold war America—blacklisting by the State Department in 1950, voluntary exile from the New York Philharmonic in 1951 for fear that he might be blacklisted, signing a humiliating affidavit to regain his passport—and the factors that by the mid-1950s allowed his triumphant return to the New York Philharmonic. Seldes for the first time links Bernstein's great concert-hall and musical-theatrical achievements and his real and perceived artistic setbacks to his involvement with progressive political causes. Making extensive use of previously untapped FBI files as well as overlooked materials in the Library of Congress's Bernstein archive, Seldes illuminates the ways in which Bernstein's career intersected with the twentieth century's most momentous events. This broadly accessible and impressively documented account of the celebrity-maestro's life deepens our understanding of an entire era as it reveals important and often ignored intersections of American culture and political power.

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Genre: Music
Author: Barry Seldes
Publisher: Univ of California Press
Release: 2009-05-26
File: 294 Pages
ISBN-13: 0520943074

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Describes the life and career of the composer and conductor.

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Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
Author: Caroline Evensen Lazo
Publisher: Twenty-First Century Books
Release: 2002-07-01
File: 128 Pages
ISBN-13: 0822500728

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Beginning with an introductory essay on his achievements, it continues with annotations on Bernstein's voluminous writings, performances, educational work, and major secondary sources.

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Genre: Music
Author: Paul Laird
Publisher: Routledge
Release: 2013-10-11
File: 320 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781135696788

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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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Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Author: Burton Bernstein
Publisher: Harper Collins
Release: 2010-11-30
File: 240 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780062043146

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Chronicles the life and career of the composer and musician, focusing on his range of musical compositions, from "West Side Story" to "Kaddish."

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Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Author: Allen Shawn
Publisher: Yale University Press
Release: 2014-09-30
File: 360 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780300144284

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West Side Story is one of the few Broadway musicals that can make a genuine claim to transforming the genre. Nigel Simeone begins by exploring the long process of creating West Side Story, including a discussion of Bernstein's sketches, early drafts of the score and script, as well as cut songs. The core of the book is the commentary on the music itself. West Side Story is one of the very few Broadway musicals for which there is a complete published orchestral score, as well as two different editions of the piano-vocal score. The survival of the original copied orchestral score, and the reminiscences of Sid Ramin and Irwin Kostal, reveal details of the orchestration process, and the extent to which Bernstein was involved in this. Simeone concludes by placing West Side Story in the context of Bernstein's oeuvre as well as considering the lasting impact and reputation of the show.

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Genre: Music
Author: Nigel Simeone
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
Release: 2009
File: 177 Pages
ISBN-13: 0754664848

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A candid and three dimensional portrait of the brilliant, many faceted musician, composer and conductor who was the music director the New York Philharmonic.

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Genre: Composers
Author: John Briggs
Publisher: Cleveland : World Publishing Company
Release: 1961
File: 274 Pages
ISBN-13: STANFORD:36105042510219

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A study of Leonard Bernstein's career as composer and conductor. Gradenwitz focuses on the man's professional life and achievements. Considering Bernstein's successes and failures over the years, Gradenwitz makes a realistic case for his subject's stature as both a creator and interpretor of music. The result is a generous portrait that is both more pertinent and revealing. ISBN 0-85496-510-6: $25.00.

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Genre: Music
Author: Peter Gradenwitz
Publisher: Berg Publishers
Release: 1987
File: 310 Pages
ISBN-13: STANFORD:36105003251712

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“With their intellectual brilliance, humor and wonderful eye for detail, Leonard Bernstein’s letters blow all biographies out of the water.”—The Economist (2013 Book of the Year) Leonard Bernstein was a charismatic and versatile musician—a brilliant conductor who attained international superstar 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. “The correspondence from and to the remarkable conductor is full of pleasure and insights.”—The New York Times Book Review (Editors’ Choice) “Exhaustive, thrilling [and] indispensable.”—USA Today (starred review)

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Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Author: Leonard Bernstein
Publisher: Yale University Press
Release: 2013-10-29
File: 625 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780300186543

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