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Leonard Bernstein

Leonard Bernstein ( BURN-styne; August 25, 1918 – October 14, 1990) was an American composer, conductor, author, music lecturer, and pianist. He was among the first conductors born and educated in the U.S. to receive worldwide acclaim. According to music critic Donal Henahan, he was "one of the most prodigiously talented and successful musicians in American history."

His fame derived from his long tenure as the music director of the New York Philharmonic, from his conducting of concerts with most of 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, and a range of other compositions, including three symphonies and many shorter chamber and solo works.

Bernstein was the first conductor to give a series of television lectures on classical music, starting in 1954 and continuing until his death. He was a skilled pianist, often conducting piano concertos from the keyboard. He was also a critical figure in the modern revival of the music of Gustav Mahler, the composer he was most passionately interested in.

As a composer he wrote in many styles encompassing symphonic and orchestral music, ballet, film and theatre music, choral works, opera, chamber music and pieces for the piano. Many of his works are regularly performed around the world, although none has matched the tremendous popular and critical success of West Side Story.

Birth and Death Data: Born August 25, 1918 (Lawrence), Died October 14, 1990 (New York City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1944 - 1945

Roles Represented in DAHR: conductor, piano, composer

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Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 72204 6/2/1944 Fancy Free (Ballet): Part 1: Opening dance Ballet Theatre Orchestra conductor  
Decca 72205 6/2/1944 Fancy Free (Ballet): Part 2: Scene at the bar Ballet Theatre Orchestra conductor  
Decca 72206 6/2/1944 Fancy Free (Ballet): Part 3: Pas de deux Ballet Theatre Orchestra conductor  
Decca 72207 6/2/1944 Fancy Free (Ballet): Part 4: The competition scene Ballet Theatre Orchestra conductor  
Decca 72208 6/2/1944 Fancy Free (Ballet): Part 5: Waltz variation Ballet Theatre Orchestra conductor  
Decca 72209 6/2/1944 Fancy Free (Ballet): Part 6: Danzon variation Ballet Theatre Orchestra conductor  
Decca 72210 6/2/1944 Fancy Free (Ballet): Part 7: Galop variation and finale Ballet Theatre Orchestra conductor  
Decca 72723 10-in. 2/1/1945 Ya got me Nancy Walker composer  
Decca 72724 10-in. 2/1/1945 I can cook too Nancy Walker composer  
Decca 72728 10-in. 2/6/1945 Lucky to be me Mary Martin composer  
Decca 72729 10-in. 2/6/1945 Lonely town Mary Martin composer  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Bernstein, Leonard," accessed March 31, 2023,

Bernstein, Leonard. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved March 31, 2023, from

"Bernstein, Leonard." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 31 March 2023.

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