Sunday, March 18, 2012

Leonard Bernstein on Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4



Leonard Bernstein [1918-1990] explains to the younger generation at this Young People's Concert on what music means and gives some insight into Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4. It's about emotions and desire, or "wanting," Bernstein says. This is from the first episode, shortly after Bernstein became the conductor of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra in 1958. "What Does Music Mean?" was broadcast on the CBS television network on Saturday January 18, 1958. Leonard Bernstein made 53 such episodes, aimed primarily at young people but enjoyed by all ages, between 1958 and 1972.