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Author Hurwitz, David, 1961-

Title Bernstein's orchestral music : an owner's manual / David Hurwitz.

Imprint Milwaukee, WI : Amadeus Press, 2011.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Brand Library Non-Fiction    784.2092 Bernstein,L HUR    Available
Description xi, 131 p. ; 23 cm. + 1 sound disc (digital ; 4 3/4 in.).
Series Unlocking the masters series ; no. 22.
Unlocking the masters series; no. 22.
Contents Introduction : A great composer? The atonal "interruption" ; Bernstein the progressive ; The curse of popularity; The Jewish legacy ; The crisis of faith ; Love ; The primacy of melody ; Latin rhythms ; Formal mastery ; Theatricality ; Joy -- Symphonies and concertos -- Overtures and shorter pieces -- Vocal and choral music -- Ballets and suites -- Chronological list of works.
Contents of accompanying compact disc. Symphony no. 1, Jeremiah -- Symphonic dances from West Side story -- Serenade, after Plato's Symposium (New York Philharmonic, the composer conducting)
Summary Leonard Bernstein's fame as a conductor and general cultural phenomenon has overshadowed his genius as a composer, despite the fact that at least some of his orchestral music has entered the standard repertoire and achieved a well-deserved measure of popularity. In fact, his achievement in the field of "serious" music is both larger and more significant than is usually acknowledged. It includes three symphonies, several noteworthy pieces for soloists and orchestra, ballets that are often performed in concert, suites from his various stage works, music for voices and orchestra, and a substantial numbers of overtures and shorter pieces. In all of this music, Bernstein's level of craftsmanship and inspiration remains consistently high. Even more remarkably, and despite his lifelong involvement as a conductor in presenting the works of other composers, his distinctive personality and style animate every bar. The direct emotional appeal of Bernstein's original work has always spoken most directly to music-loving audiences (as opposed to critics or academics), and so this book, in tandem with the accompanying CD, describes all of his significant concert music in a detailed but approachable way for listeners who want to explore his richly varied and colorful orchestral output--both the familiar and the unfamiliar--in greater depth [Publisher description]
Subject Bernstein, Leonard, 1918-1990. Orchestra music.
Orchestral music -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Added Author Bernstein, Leonard, 1918-1990. Performer.
Bernstein, Leonard, 1918-1990. Jeremiah.
Bernstein, Leonard, 1918-1990. Symphonic dances from West Side story.
Bernstein, Leonard, 1918-1990. Symposium, after Plato.
New York Philharmonic. Performer.
ISBN 9781574671933
Music No. HL00332912 Hal Leonard

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