Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Happy Birthday Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)

One of the most accomplished musicians in American history, Bernstein was a world-renowned and flamboyant  conductor and a charismatic teacher. Among the American public, he is probably best remembered for his various television series on music and for composing the score to West Side Story. He is somewhat less well known for his other musical compositions, which are world class. The selection below from his First Symphony "Jeremiah" is one of my favorite pieces of twentieth-century music in any genre. Unfortunately, the video does not show him actually conducting it.

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