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The element of the unexpected is so often associated with Beethoven. But surprise is not enough; what makes it so great is that no matter how shocking and unexpected the surprise is, it always somehow gives the impression—as soon as it has happened—that it is the only thing that could have happened at that moment. Inevitability is the keynote. It is as though Beethoven had an inside track to truth and rightness, so that he could say the most amazing and sudden things with complete authority and cogency.—from The Infinite Variety of Music (2007)

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Published: Jul 18, 2018
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Leonard Bernstein
Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990) was an American composer, conductor, author, music lecturer, and pianist. He was the long-time music director of the New York Philharmonic, composing the scores of the broadway musicals West Side Story and Candide. Bernstein was among the first conductors born and educated in the United States to receive worldwide acclaim, and he was the first conductor to give a series of television lectures on classical music, starting in 1954 and continuing until his death.
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