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 25th, 1918 (Lawrence), Died October 14th, 1990 (New York City)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1944 - 1945
Roles Represented in DAHR: conductor, piano, composer
|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 December 5, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107984.
Bernstein, Leonard. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 5, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107984.
"Bernstein, Leonard." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 5 December 2020.
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