Synopses & Reviews
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 Kaddishto A Quiet Placeand 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.