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Foreword by Tim Page.
Leonard Bernstein was one of the 20th century’s preeminent American composers. This classic work is perhaps the maestro’s finest collection of conversations on the meaning and wonder of music. This book is a must for all music fans—both inside and outside of the classroom—who wish to experience music more fully and deeply through one of the most inspired, and inspiring, music intellects of our time.
Employing the creative device of “Imaginary Conversations” in the first section of his book, Bernstein illuminates the importance of the symphony in America, the greatness of Beethoven, and the art of composing. The book also includes a photo section and a third section with the transcripts from his televised Omnibus music series, including “Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony,” “The World of Jazz,” “Introduction to Modern Music,” and “What Makes Opera Grand.”
Foreword by Tim Page
Introduction: The happy medium
1. Imaginary conversations
- Bull sesion in the Rockies
- Whatever happened to that great american symphony?
- Why don't you run upstairs and write a nice Gershwin tune?
Interlude: Upper Dubbing, Calif
2. Seven Omnibus television transcripts
- Beethoven's fifth symphony
- The world of jazz
- The art of conducting
- American musical comedy
- Introduction to modern music
- The music of Johann Sebastian Bach
- What makes opera grand?