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Leonard Bernstein


Chris Bigley

on 15 November 2009

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Transcript of Leonard Bernstein

Leonard Bernstein Early Life Leonard was born Louis Bernstein in 1918 to a Russian Jewish family who lived in Lawrence, Massachusetts. He was first interested in music when his father took him to see an orchestra, he soon took up the piano. Career In 1940, he began his studies at the Boston Symphony Orchestra's summer institute. On 14th November 1943, he made his conducting debut with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra with no rehearsal after Bruno Walter came down with the flu. The reviews were outstanding.
Leonard Bernstein was a conductor,
composer, lecturer and pianist. Best
known for his work on musicals such as
West Side Story. He was a superb pianist
and conductor and made more t.v. apperances than any other classical composer. Post War After the war, he set about furthering his career. He conducted the opera Peter Grimes, which propelled him into the international spotlight. After his mentor died in 1948, he was made head of the orchestral and conducting departements at Tanglewood. Death Leonard Bernstein died on 14 October, just five days after retiring. His funeral procession was greeted with workmen and civillians taking of their hats and saying goodbye.
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