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Old 10-22-2019, 05:31 PM
 
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This is technically about the book by Bernstein's daughter Jamie, but nice view of Bernstein himself.


Leonard Bernstein Through His Daughter’s Eyes
On the centenary of his birth, a memoir captures what it’s like being raised by a man with mythic successes and long-held secrets

As a young man, Leonard Bernstein was prodigiously gifted and exceptionally handsome, and he slept with many men and with women, too. He seemed to be omnisexual, a man of unending appetite who worked and played all day and most of the night, with a motor that would not shut down until he was near collapse. Conducting, composing for the concert hall, composing for the theatre, playing the piano, teaching, writing about music, talking about it on television, suffering over everything he wasn’t doing—he burned the candle from the middle out. From the nineteen-forties into the eighties, he was everywhere, an intellectual American Adonis, our genius—erudite, popular, media-wise, and unstoppably fluent.
Charles Ives and Aaron Copland were great composers, but Bernstein was by far the greatest American musician.
https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2...daughters-eyes
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