Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)
A great work revives and readapts time and space, and its success is the extent it makes you an inhabitant of that world - the extent to which it invites you in and lets you breathe its strange, special air.
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Leonard Bernstein (August 18, 1918 - October 14, 1990) was an American composer and orchestra conductor. Bernstein was born in Lawrence, MA on August 18, 1918 and died in 1990. Bernstein was highly regarded as a director, composer, pianist, and educator. He is probably best known to the public as long time music director the New York City Symphony; for conducting concerts by many of the world's leading orchestras; and for writing the music for the musical Westside Story. All told he wrote three symphonies, two operas, five musicals, and numerous other pieces. Bernstein's politics were decidedly left wing, but unlike some of his contemporaries, he was not blacklisted in the 1950s. Bernstein married actress and author Felicia Montealegre in 1951. The couple had three children. [This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License and uses material adapted in whole or in part from the Wikipedia article on Leonard Bernstein.]