Thursday, September 13, 2012

Leonard Bernstein: On Modern Music

Leonard Bernstein appears on the Omnibus television series (January 13, 1957). This excerpt is taken from "Introduction to Modern Music." The show, created by Robert Saudek and hosted by Alastair Cooke as a live show from New York City, aired on various networks between 1952 and 1961. The premise of the show was to be both educational and entertaining, discussing science, the arts and the humanities.



  1. There may have been some initial rejections of the music of Beethoven, Brahms and Chopin. However, it took a very short time for their works to be appreciated and loved. A century has passed since the introduction of atonal music. Few people have learned to love it.
    Bernstein's music, however, is often tonal and melodic. His CANDIDE, as I always say, is the best opera composed in the second half of the 20th century.

    1. I agree; I thought it would be interesting (and educational) to share Bernstein's views on the subject.


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