An elegant, captivating collection of significant photographs to
celebrate the iconic 20th century composer/ conductor's Centennial in
Leonard Bernstein was born in Lawrence,
Massachusetts, the son of Eastern European Jewish immigrants. He died
72 years later, an international superstar and American icon. He
achieved a level of celebrity that few musicians, and fewer classical
musicians, ever attain. The first American-born musician to become the
leader of a major American orchestra, Bernstein launched a new era,
still very much alive today, broadening the path for all American
musicians ever since.
Bernstein's life captivated the public, giving rise to
many indelible photographs by many of the greatest photographers of
the 20th Century. Whether on stage or backstage, jet-setting from
country to country, partying with other celebrities or at home with
his family, this book tells Bernstein's story through the lenses of
such masters as Richard Avedon, Heni Cartier-Bresson, Bruce Davidson,
Alfred Eisenstaedt, Ernst Haas, Ken Heyman, 'stanley Kubrick, Gjon
Mili, Ralph Morse, Carl Mydans, Arnold Newman, Ruth Orkin, Gordon
Parks, and Irving Penn.
Bernstein landed squarely in the public
eye beginning in 1943, when his last-minute conducting debut with the
New York Philharmonic, broadcast nationwide from Carnegie Hall, caused
a media sensation. The dynamic young musician was barely 25 years old.
Fifteen years later, as the New York Philharmonic's Music Director, he
began regularly presenting the orchestra's Young People's Concerts
over the Cb's television network. Leonard Bernstein
became a household name across the nation.
But Bernstein was so
He was also a celebrated composer in multiple genres; from
orchestral and choral music to operas and ballets, as well as several
Broadway musicals, including the much beloved West 'side 'story.
A true renaissance man, Bernstein was above all a sharer and
advocate for culture and ideas. He created a devoted,
multigenerational audience of music lovers around the world; his
extensive travels brought him into contact with eminent artists,
thinkers, and heads of state. Through all he did, Bernstein strove to
make the world a safer, more peaceful, and more compassionate place
for all peoples.
Leonard Bernstein was a celebrity :a
dashingly handsome and stylish man who, not surprisingly, was
constantly being photographed. Not shy in front of a camera, Bernstein
was also not reticent in his enthusiasms--for people, parties, and
Leonard Bernstein lived every day with passion and
intensity--and with every passing
year, his brash, busy life became
written more clearly into the lines of his face.
trove gives generations to come an unforgettable, enlightening glimpse
into the life of an artist who changed the face of culture in the 20th
century--a life documented by many of the most important photographic
artists of that era.
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