Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Leonard Bernstein (20th Century Composers) Paperback – March 26, 1998
See the Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Top Customer Reviews
Bernstein was ever in the forefront of music both popular, and classical. His "Young People's Concerts" made him, and a great deal of classical music, a houshold name. I was too young to enjoy these, however they are now being re-broadcast on cable television for a whole new generation to enjoy.
Although I was captivated by the music of Bernstein long before I ever read this chronology, I understand the music of Bernstein much better now. It is interesting to look at this life from several perspectives- Bernstein as conductor, Bernstein as composer, Bernstein as father, Bernstein as husband. Most interesting is the fact that Bernstein spent his whole life in search of creating the "flagship" compostion that would secure his place in the books.
Meyers has done a fine job at relaying the "self-illustrated" life of Bernstein. It is an honest book, too, detailing Bernstein's affairs, and tantrums.
Meyers shows us an amazing composer, a respected conductor, and a very colorful reflection of 20th century America via the life of Leonard Bernstein.
As a result of this captivating introduction, I was expecting a book that might bridge this gap and explain why Bernstein was such an interesting character that I was spending money and time on this book just as I had on another biography by Humphrey Burton published almost 20 years ago.
Unfortunately, the book tells us little even though the author claims to have met Bernstein "quite frequently" over an 18-year period.
I don't wish to be unkind but I have the feeling that he might have been physically present on certain occasions when Bernstein was around but I doubt whether Bernstein knew him from Adam.
The book is part of a series called The Composers and it reads like a commissioned effort to fit within a stiff lifeless pattern.
It is mainly biographical but does not bring Bernstein to life and consists of endless itineraries through Europe, Israel, the Far East and the United States and appearances in various concert halls.
There are some few more technical descriptions of his works but even they are uninformative, if not superficial. I certainly did not feel I was reading about a composer.Read more ›