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Available September 2014
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Leonard Bernstein: An American Musician (Jewish Lives)by Allen Shawn
Synopses & Reviews
Leonard Bernstein stood at the very center of twentieth-century American musical life. His creative gifts knew no boundaries as he moved easily from classical orchestral works to Broadway music to film scores. In this new biography by Allen Shawn, himself a highly respected composer and author, Bernstein emerges as an irrepressible iconoclast exploring every corner of the contemporary musical landscape, from symphonies to pop.To the public he seemed brash, dynamic, charming, and at times, more than a bit eccentric. He was a celebrity who enjoyed the spotlight while struggling privately with insecurities and an insatiable inner need to continually explore and evolve.
Unlike previous biographies dealing with the man and his music, Allenand#8217;s book accords equal weight and importance to all of Bernsteinand#8217;s musical creations, whether he was composing for the concert hall or the Broadway stage. For the first time, the composerand#8217;s life and work receive a fully integrated analysis, offering a comprehensive appreciation of a multi-faceted musical genius who continued to grow as an artist well into his final days.
A fresh appreciation of Americaand#8217;s most famous composer, his complete works, and his public and private personas
A fresh appreciation of the great musical figure that gives him his due as composer as well as conductor
Leonard Bernstein stood at the epicenter of twentieth-century American musical life. His creative gifts knew no boundaries as he moved easily from the podium, to the piano, to television with his nationally celebrated Young People’s Concerts, which introduced an entire generation to the joy of classical music. In this fascinating new biography, the breadth of Bernstein’s musical composition is explored, through the spectacular range of music he composed—from West Side Story to Kaddish to A Quiet Place and beyond—and through his intensely public role as an internationally celebrated conductor. For the first time, the composer’s life and work receive a fully integrated analysis, offering a comprehensive appreciation of a multi-faceted musician who continued to grow as an artist well into his final days.
About the Author
Allen Shawn is a composer, pianist, educator, and author who lives in Vermont and teaches composition and music history at Bennington College. His previous books include Arnold Schoenberg's Journey and Twin: A Memoir.
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