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by Paul Myers

  • ISBN: 0714837016
  • Category: Biographies
  • Author: Paul Myers
  • Subcategory: Arts & Literature
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press; 1st edition (March 26, 1998)
  • Pages: 240 pages
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Leonard Bernstein, the latest in Phaidon Books's 20th Century Composers series, continues this workmanlike, readable collection of modern biographies, designed to fit all the essentials into fewer than 250 pages each.

Leonard Bernstein, the latest in Phaidon Books's 20th Century Composers series, continues this workmanlike, readable collection of modern biographies, designed to fit all the essentials into fewer than 250 pages each. Author Paul Myers, a former record producer for Decca, Columbia, and Naxos, has composed a fond but clear-eyed look at this prodigal talent with the prodigal lifestyle

Leonard Bernstein (191890), creator of the Broadway masterpiece, West Side Story, was the best loved and most successful conductor of his generation. He inspired fellow American musicians, being the first native American to direct a major American orchestra, and the first to conquer Europe.

As a series, Phaidon's 20th Century Composers has brought remarkable variety and a welter of information, both necessary and delightfully trivial

As a series, Phaidon's 20th Century Composers has brought remarkable variety and a welter of information, both necessary and delightfully trivial. Intended both for the general reader and for the more enthusiastically musical. -The Scotsman show more. Paul Myers is a freelance classical record producer whose work for Decca and Colombia (now Sony) and Naxos brought him into contact with Bernstein over many years.

This text is part of the 20th-century composers series, examining composers in a biographical context, and offering a. .

This text is part of the 20th-century composers series, examining composers in a biographical context, and offering a comprehensive study of key figures in the creation of 20th-century music. None of the books in the series presume a kwledge of specialized terms or musical tation. Each book in the series features a list of works, a bibliography, and a discography. Country of Publication.

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During the early 20th century, many composers experimented with rhythm, gained inspiration from folk music and . An American composer and songwriter of the 20th-century, Samuel Barber's works reflected European Romantic tradition.

During the early 20th century, many composers experimented with rhythm, gained inspiration from folk music and assessed their views on tonality. An early bloomer, he composed his first piece at 7-years old and his first opera at 10-years old. Widely celebrated, Barber was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music twice during his lifetime.

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20th-century classical music describes art music that was written nominally from 1901 to 2000, inclusive. Musical style diverged during the 20th century as it never had previously. Consequently, this century was without a dominant style.

More than 2,000 events around the world will celebrate the centenary of America’s greatest 20th-century composer. In 1927, this entrepreneurial immigrant, who had arrived in New York from Tsarist Russia aged 16, acquired the only local licence to sell the Frederics Permanent Wave machine for curling hair. Like many businessmen of the times, he expected his eldest son to follow him into the family firm

This is an illustrated biography of the American conductor and composer Leonard Bernstein. Despite international fame and success, he was a man constantly struggling with inner conflicts. The best loved and most successful conductor of his generation, also a virtuoso pianist, he was adored by an international public, but suffered years of hostile criticism from the New York press. An inspiration to fellow American musicians, he was the first native American to direct a major American orchestra, and the first to conquer Europe (conducting the Vienna Philharmonic and at La Scala, Milan). His conducting style was famously flamboyant, yet he possessed a rare ability to communicate his music to the listener, who was often held spellbound. But Bernstein often dismissed conducting for its temporary character, and declared himself to be primarily a composer. Among other musicals, Bernstein wrote the world-famous West Side Story (1957), and the moving score to the film On the Waterfront, but he never enjoyed unanimous critical acclaim for his serious classical works, such as Chichester Psalms and Mass. In later years he feared that he would be remembered solely for his musicals.
Reviews about Leonard Bernstein (20th Century Composers) (3):
Ghordana
This well-written bigraphy of Leonard Bernstein provides details about his life that I never knew as well as information about the compositions he wrote. If you like his work as a conductor, pianist and composer, you will enjoy this book.
Milleynti
This brief biography of the life of Leonard Bernstein captivated me. I am very familiar with the music of Bernstein, but never got to know him the way my parent's generation did.
Bernstein was ever in the forefront of music both popular, and classical. His "Young People's Concerts" made him, and a great deal of classical music, a houshold name. I was too young to enjoy these, however they are now being re-broadcast on cable television for a whole new generation to enjoy.
Although I was captivated by the music of Bernstein long before I ever read this chronology, I understand the music of Bernstein much better now. It is interesting to look at this life from several perspectives- Bernstein as conductor, Bernstein as composer, Bernstein as father, Bernstein as husband. Most interesting is the fact that Bernstein spent his whole life in search of creating the "flagship" compostion that would secure his place in the books.
Meyers has done a fine job at relaying the "self-illustrated" life of Bernstein. It is an honest book, too, detailing Bernstein's affairs, and tantrums.
Meyers shows us an amazing composer, a respected conductor, and a very colorful reflection of 20th century America via the life of Leonard Bernstein.
Yainai
The introduction to his book caught my attention: "A few days after Leonard Bernstein's death, I was in the office of a well-known middle-European conductor, a man seldom generous when assessing his colleagues. `Bernstein?', he shrugged dismissively. ` He was always such an exhibitionist: a playboy.".. His young American assistant stared at him in disbelief. `How can you say that? You're talking about one of the greatest musicians of our time. He brought classics to millions of people who'd never thought of listening to them.."

As a result of this captivating introduction, I was expecting a book that might bridge this gap and explain why Bernstein was such an interesting character that I was spending money and time on this book just as I had on another biography by Humphrey Burton published almost 20 years ago.

Unfortunately, the book tells us little even though the author claims to have met Bernstein "quite frequently" over an 18-year period.

I don't wish to be unkind but I have the feeling that he might have been physically present on certain occasions when Bernstein was around but I doubt whether Bernstein knew him from Adam.

The book is part of a series called The Composers and it reads like a commissioned effort to fit within a stiff lifeless pattern.

It is mainly biographical but does not bring Bernstein to life and consists of endless itineraries through Europe, Israel, the Far East and the United States and appearances in various concert halls.

There are some few more technical descriptions of his works but even they are uninformative, if not superficial. I certainly did not feel I was reading about a composer.

The creation of West Side Story is dismissed in a few pages although this is what Bernstein is still best remembered for.

The writer tries to defend Bernstein's classical works but they gather dust and he is now better known for his radical chic flirtation with the Black Panthers and his ridiculous "I dig absolutely" response to a rant by an anti-Semitic black civil rights supporter at a trendy cocktail party he hosted in his Park Avenue apartment.

A meeting with the Russian writer, Boris Pasternak, who was forced to turn down the Nobel Prize for Literature, is dismissed in a sentence.

Myers perhaps delves a little deeper into Bernstein's private life than Burton did but not much and the incidents are nothing more than petty gossip.

Overall, a disappointing read and waste of money. The blurb tells me that the author writes "thrillers set in the world of classical music". Believe me, this is no thriller.

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