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Leonard Bernstein

Leonard Bernstein

Paul Myers

ISBN: 9780714837017

Despite international fame and success, conductor/composer Leonard Bernstein (1918-90) was a man constantly struggling with inner conflicts and public criticism. However, he is still considered one of the most important musical figures of the second half of the 20th century and a major influence on musical life in Europe and America. This book chronicles his extraordinary rise to fame.

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As conductor, pianist, composer, television personality and, above all, communicator, Leonard Bernstein (1918 -- 90) was one of the most famous and documented musicians of the twentieth century. The creator of the Broadway masterpiece, West Side Story, Bernstein was the first American conductor to conquer Europe on its own terms, and the first classical musician to exploit the power of television. Critics rejected his flamboyant conducting style, his extravagant persona and many of his serious compositions, but to aspiring musicians he was of great influence. This new biography draws on the author's acquaintance with Bernstein over a period of twenty year, and explores the series of contradictions that are revealed in the composer's public and private worlds.
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