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Leonard Bernstein used to be a charismatic and flexible musician—a tremendous conductor who attained foreign super-star prestige, and a talented composer of Broadway musicals (West facet Story), symphonies (Age of Anxiety), choral works (Chichester Psalms), movie rankings (On the Waterfront), and masses extra. Bernstein used to be additionally an enthusiastic letter author, and this e-book is the 1st to give a wide-ranging collection of his correspondence. The letters were chosen for the insights they give into the passions of his life—musical and personal—and the extravagant scope of his musical and extra-musical activities.
Bernstein’s letters inform a lot approximately this complicated guy, his collaborators, his mentors, and others just about him. His galaxy of correspondents encompassed, between others, Aaron Copland,Stephen Sondheim, Jerome Robbins, Thornton Wilder, Boris Pasternak, Bette Davis, Adolph eco-friendly, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and family together with his spouse Felicia and his sister Shirley. nearly all of those letters have by no means been released prior to. they've been rigorously selected to illustrate the breadth of Bernstein’s musical pursuits, his consistent fight to discover the time to compose, his turbulent and complicated sexuality, his political actions, and his unending ability for exertions. past all this, those writings offer a glimpse of the guy at the back of the legends: his humanity, heat, volatility, highbrow brilliance, extraordinary eye for descriptive element, and humor.

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They have tentatively dispensed him a chap of sixteen & a woman of thirteen, in order that he can mold them. even as, I had inspired the valuable jury (and am therefore majoring either in piano & conducting). so that they requested Mme. Vengerova,58 who, i'm advised, is the best piano instructor in the US, greater than Serkin 1000000 occasions, and so forth. , and so forth. i do not recognize if she might take me. They determined they could not provide me to a supplementary instructor. She approved (hesitantly before everything at being moment mess around to Serkin, & having me “palmed off” on her), yet when you consider that her agreement hours have been complete, they elevated her agreement & i'm now learning with the best instructor Curtis bargains. due to which, the college moved a Steinway grand into my room this morning – simply an outdated Curtis customized – considering that Madame insists i've got simply that to perform on. it is a dream of a piano. As I say, issues could not be larger. I paintings & paintings & paintings (practice approximately three to five hrs a day), & do not anything else other than sleep lots. No social lifestyles – no pal to talk of. i've got permitted D[imitri] M[itropoulos]'s supply. now not in desperation – in pleasure. My brain has replaced vastly – i would like not anything greater than to have duties to him. You sought after info – you were given them. it truly is quite great & effortless to put in writing information which are friendly. better of all: i'll be in NYC on Nov four – i will write later. in the meantime write back & a lot affection from this urban of dirt & grit & horror. constantly, Lenny forty three. Alfred Eisner59 to Leonard Bernstein Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer images, Culver urban, CA [? October 1939] Lennie, In haste and i have mislaid your tackle so it is going to take longer, so for the affection of God resolution pronto or even swifter if attainable. they have dug up a babe named Helen Gilbert who's attractive adequate to make St. Anthony tear his beard in pissed off rage and who additionally occurs to be an impressive cellist, definite certainly, and i am doing one for her and that i desire a little details, to wit: a few technical language that may be anticipated to cross among a instructor of cello and his student: you recognize, bowing, arpeggio, crap like that. additionally, technical language that will be anticipated to go among a instructor of voice and a scholar: respiring, or what have you ever. Casting the babe contrary a tender baritone they are grooming to interchange Nelson Eddy. it will certainly no longer be shit: the girl's a refugee from Vienna (in the image) and her previous guy, a violinist, will get his fingers burned with acid at the same time did the nice Feuermann, and the environment is to be the Paris Conservatory (after the break out from Austria) and for chrissake get the dope to me as quickly as quick, simply because if this activity seems to boot and will get as a lot cognizance as my final you will have shelter certainly in instances of tension and that during sort. And why the hell do not you write to a man: Too busy. Yeah, convinced. Al forty four. Alfred Eisner to Leonard Bernstein Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer photographs, Culver urban, CA 31 October 1939 Lenny mine, now not a notice did i do know, no, now not a soupçon, of thy luck until eventually yet 3 days long past whilst I walked into Aaron [Copland] open air my workplace door (like the Raven).

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