The Leonard Bernstein Letters

Leonard Bernstein Nigel Simeone January 17, 2019

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 Bernstein was also an enthusiastic letter writer, and this book is the firsLeonard 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 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.


  • Title: The Leonard Bernstein Letters
  • Author: Leonard Bernstein Nigel Simeone
  • ISBN: 9780300179095
  • Page: 261
  • Format: Hardcover
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