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Leonard Bernstein (Jewish Lives) by [Shawn, Allen]
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"An engrossing portrait of a gifted—and conflicted—man."—Jerusalem Post
(Jerusalem Post)

"A few luscious slices from the massive cake that was the life of the great pianist, composer, conductor and public personality. . . . A nearly impossible task, recording this lush life, but Shawn helps us comprehend the magic."—Kirkus Reviews
(Kirkus Reviews)

"I can't imagine a better biography of Leonard Bernstein. His intensity, complexity, and personal charm come across fully; so do his manifest importance to twentieth-century American culture and his intimate relation to the music he produced. Bravo!"—Wendy Lesser
(Wendy Lesser)

'There were, and are, critics who believe that Bernstein’s facility and fecundity was merely dilettantism. Allen Shawn’s suave new biography hopes to give them pause.'—Christopher Bray, The Spectator
(Christopher Bray The Spectator 2014-11-29)

"Allen Shawn’s moving, discerning book examines what made 'Lenny' the envy of both classical and Broadway composers. Craving attention both on the podium and off, 'he may have been an inveterate show-off at a party, but on paper he was precise and serious.' Shawn’s musical analyses vie with his chronicling of Bernstein’s eclecticism: his progressive politics, teaching ability, sexual conflicts, insecurities and remarkable circle of friends."—Norwalk Hour
(Norwalk Hour)

“A composer and pianist himself, [Shawn] shares Bernstein’s contempt for the high-/low-culture debate. Admire Bernstein’s symphonies and choral works though he does, he knows that most of Bernstein’s best work was written for Broadway — and that the best of Broadway is up there with Britten and Brahms . . . Shawn’s analysis should convince even the stuffiest aesthete that [West Side Story’s] mash-up of classical melodies with jazz rhythms and Schoenbergian dissonance wasn’t just new — it will be new forever.”—Spectator
(Spectator)

"Shawn draws all these aspects of Bernstein into a full-scale and attractive human portrait, and an equally full-scale portrait of Bernstein’s music. With his knowledgeable analysis of Bernstein’s vast output, Shawn sends readers rushing back to listen, whether to West Side Story, Kaddish, Candide, or any number of other works. Well-paced and highly readable, Leonard Bernstein brings alive both the man and his music."—Maron L. Waxman, Jewish Book Council
(Maron L. Waxman Jewish Book Council)

About the Author

Allen Shawn is a composer, pianist, educator, and author who lives in Vermont and teaches composition and music history at Bennington College. His previous books include Arnold Schoenberg’s Journey and Twin: A Memoir.

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  • File Size: 2065 KB
  • Print Length: 359 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (September 30, 2014)
  • Publication Date: September 1, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00N5UQ53I
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