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Leonard Bernstein

Sir Humphrey Burton

Published to coincide with the centenary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth, worldwide celebrations scheduled. With a new introduction by the author.

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ISBN
9780571337941
Date Published
14.11.2017
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Summary

Composer, pianist, author, television teacher, Harvard lecturer, cultural icon, humanist and conductor without peer, Leonard Bernstein’s versatility was legendary. He captivated Broadway with such hits as On the Town and West Side Story and introduced middle America to classical music with his Young People’s Concerts on television. He composed three symphonies and a full-length opera, and he inspired the world’s leading orchestras to give some of the most memorable performances of the twentieth century.
Humphrey Burton was given exclusive access to Bernstein’s rich legacy of letters and papers, and the book draws on hundreds of interviews with family, friends and colleagues to reveal Bernstein’s fascinating and complex personality. His compelling narrative captures Bernstein’s high-spirited vitality on the page, providing a frank account of his homosexuality and his marriage and chronicling the lifelong conflict between the rival claims of Bernstein’s conducting and composing careers.

‘Humphrey Burton has written a very detailed and candid account of his friend … The mass of material is superbly handled … [Bernstein] was a musical genius and he deserves this measured and meticulous biography.’ Sunday Telegraph

HumphreyBurton

Humphrey Burton read Music and History at Cambridge University and entered the BBC as a sound studio manager in 1955. In 1958 he joined the ground-breaking TV arts magazine, ‘Monitor’. He has won many international awards, including three from the British Academy, four Emmies and the Italia Prize (for The Making of West Side Story). Twice in charge of Music…

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