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Leonard Bernstein : a life

Author: Meryle Secrest
Publisher: New York : A.A. Knopf, 1994.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"Here is Leonard Bernstein, full scale and fully alive - the child prodigy, the man, the composer, the teacher, the hugely charismatic personality, the lover, the American folk hero." "Everything is here: the child growing up in a Hasidic family in Massachusetts, his father a rabbi's son; his first piano at age nine ("I remember touching it ... It was my contact with life, with God"); his reluctant, brilliant,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Secrest, Meryle.
Leonard Bernstein.
New York : A.A. Knopf, 1994
(OCoLC)639395600
Named Person: Leonard Bernstein; Leonard Bernstein; Leonard Bernstein; Leonard Bernstein
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Meryle Secrest
ISBN: 0679407316 9780679407317
OCLC Number: 30516727
Description: xv, 471 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Responsibility: Meryle Secrest.
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"Here is Leonard Bernstein, full scale and fully alive - the child prodigy, the man, the composer, the teacher, the hugely charismatic personality, the lover, the American folk hero." "Everything is here: the child growing up in a Hasidic family in Massachusetts, his father a rabbi's son; his first piano at age nine ("I remember touching it ... It was my contact with life, with God"); his reluctant, brilliant, argumentative years at Harvard; the rocky but exhilarating start of his career (scant jobs, no money, but friendships with Aaron Copland, Virgil Thomson, Judy Holliday, Comden and Green, et al.); his spectacular debut (understudy into a star!) as substitute conductor at the New York Philharmonic; the great career over the years as a composer in classical music, and in musical theater." "We see Bernstein: the good father to his three children, the man who adored his wife, Felicia Montealegre, the man who adored men, the brilliant and generous mentor, the temperamental artist, the hypochondriac, the politician, the businessman, the Pied Piper ..." "His life, his music, the great international cultural world in which he traveled, are richly and vividly portrayed in this magnificent biography, alive with music - and with life."--Jacket.

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