Bernstein, Leonard (ON HOLD)

Small signed portrait with gracious sentiment by the illustrious composer, conductor, pianist & educator

Price: $195.00

Description:
(1918-1990) Jewish-American composer, conductor, author, music lecturer, pianist, his fame derived from his long tenure as music director of the New York Philharmonic, conducting the world's leading orchestras, and from his music for “West Side Story”, “Peter Pan”, “Candide”, “Wonderful Town”, “On the Town”, “On the Waterfront”, his “Mass”, 3 symphonies, and other works. He attended Harvard studying music, met conductor Dimitri Mitropoulous and composer Aaron Copland. After graduating in 1939, he attended the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia studying conducting under Fritz Reiner and orchestration with Randall Thompson. Bernstein went to NYC, living with friend Adolph Green. In 1940, he studied at the Boston Symphony summer institute, Tanglewood, taking Koussevitzky’s conducting class with Lukas Foss. Bernstein would be Koussevitzky's conducting assistant, dedicating his “Symphony No. 2, The Age of Anxiety” to him. On Nov. 14, 1943, the new asst. to Artur Rodzinski at the New York Philharmonic Orchestra made his major debut, at short notice and without rehearsal, when Bruno Walter fell ill. He became instantly famous, the concert nationally broadcast on radio, soon appearing as a guest conductor with US orchestras. He was Music Director of the New York City Symphony 1945-47, in Jan. 1944 conducting the premiere of his “Jeremiah Symphony”. His score to the ballet “Fancy Free” became the musical “On the Town”, opening on Broadway Dec. 1944. After WW II, his international career began to flourish. On Dec. 10, 1949, he debuted on TV with the Boston Symphony at Carnegie Hall. On Koussevitzky’s 1951 death, Bernstein led the orchestra and conducting departments at Tanglewood. At the 1st Brandeis University Creative Arts Festival in 1952 (renamed for its founder in 2005), he conducted the premiere of his opera “Trouble in Tahiti”. In 1954 he gave his 1st TV lecture on CBS’ “Omnibus”. He was music director of the New York Philharmonic 1957-69 (with a 1965 sabbatical), becoming well-known with his 53 “Young People’s Concerts”, TV’s most influential music appreciation series. When appointed New York Philharmonic music director, he wrote music for the operetta “Candide”, premiering 1956 and collaborated with Jerome Robbins, Arthur Laurents, and Stephen Sondheim to create “West Side Story”, opening 1957. In 1961 Bernstein conducted at President Kennedy’s pre-inaugural gala, was an occasional White House guest, conducting the 1968 funeral mass for Robert Kennedy. With little time for composing in the 60’s, he produced his “Kaddish Symphony” dedicated to JFK, and the “Chichester Psalms”. His major 70’s compositions were: “Mass: A Theatre Piece for Singers, Players, and Dancers”; score for the ballet “Dybbuk”; orchestral vocal work “Songfest”; and his US Bicentennial musical “1600 Pennsylvania Avenue”, his last original Broadway show, a flop. “Mass” premiered in 1971, commissioned by Jacqueline Kennedy to open the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington. He received 1980 Kennedy Center Honors. His most significant 80’s compositions were the opera “A Quiet Place”; “Divertimento for Orchestra”; and his song cycle, “Arias and Barcarolles”. On Dec. 25, 1989, Bernstein led Beethoven’s 9th in East Berlin, celebrating the fall of the Berlin Wall, broadcast live in 20+ countries to some 100 million people. He was received 16 Grammys and a 1985 Lifetime Achievement Grammy. SP, 5 ½ x 3 ¾ glossy b&w right profile bust portrait in formal attire, signed with sentiment: “With all my warmest wishes and hopes for joy in music”.

Condition: Very Good, very slight smudge to “ona” in signature
Type:Photograph






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