Experiencing Leonard Bernstein: A Listener's Companion by Kenneth LafaveExperiencing Leonard Bernstein: A Listener's Companion by Kenneth Lafave

Experiencing Leonard Bernstein: A Listener's Companion

byKenneth Lafave

Hardcover | October 30, 2014

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In Experiencing Leonard Bernstein: A Listener's Companion, Kenneth LaFave guides reader past Bernstein's famously tortured personal problems and into the clarity and balance of his Serenade after Plato's Symposium for Violin and Orchestra, the intense drama of his music for On the Waterfront, the existential cosmography of his three symphonies, and his vibrant works for the musical stage. Perhaps the most famous American classical musician born in the twentieth century, Bernstein divided his time between composing, conducting, writing, and teaching, a busy schedule-especially his conducting of major orchestras--that set his work as composer at a disadvantage. Often generated in short spurts, his work carries an urgency-and even an element of improvisational genius-that he flavored with his eclectic embrace of jazz, folk song, Jewish cantorial music, and innovations in contemporary classical theory. The result is a musical body of work that is beguilingly melodic, incomparably rhythmic, and irrepressibly individual.
Kenneth LaFave, former music critic for the Arizona Republic and the Kansas City Star, composes, teaches, and writes about music. The Phoenix Symphony, the Chicago String Quartet, and the Kansas City Chorale have commissioned scores from him, and his essays and reviews have appeared in NewMusicBox.org, Opera News, and Dance magazine. L...
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Title:Experiencing Leonard Bernstein: A Listener's CompanionFormat:HardcoverDimensions:220 pages, 9.25 × 6.26 × 0.85 inPublished:October 30, 2014Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1442235438

ISBN - 13:9781442235434

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Table of Contents

Series Editor ForewordAcknowledgmentsTimelineIntroductionChapter 1: Father, Son, and MusicChapter 2: CelebrityChapter 3: Age of AnxietyChapter 4: Trouble In Tahiti and Wonderful TownChapter 5: On The Waterfront and Serenade After Plato's SymposiumChapter 6: CandideChapter 7: West Side StoryChapter 8: Kaddish and Chichester PsalmsChapter 9: Mass and the Norton LecturesChapter 10: Last Works And LegacySelected ReadingSelected ListeningIndexAbout the Author

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Experiencing Leonard Bernstein: A Listener's Companion is an excellent book for every music lover who wishes to know the works of Leonard Bernstein. The book invites you to listen to his compositions. (Translated from the original Dutch)