Leonard Bernstein

About 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.

The Element of the Unexpected in Beethoven

By |2019-03-20T16:42:05-05:00July 18th, 2018|Categories: Books, Ludwig van Beethoven, Music, Quotation|

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. [...]

The Gift of the Imagination

By |2019-03-05T14:02:47-05:00May 31st, 2017|Categories: Featured, Imagination, Music|

Every artist copes with reality by means of his fantasy. Fantasy, better known as imagination, is his greatest treasure, his basic equipment for life. And since his work is his life, his fantasy is constantly in play. He dreams life. Psychologists tell us that a child's imagination reaches its peak at the age of six [...]

The Gift of the Imagination

By |2015-06-05T13:58:41-05:00June 17th, 2015|Categories: Imagination, Quotation|

Leonard Bernstein “The gift of the imagination is by no means an exclusive property of an artist; it is a gift we all share; to some degree or other all of us, all of you, are endowed with the powers of fantasy. The dullest of dullards among us has the gift of [...]