Leonard Bernstein       (John Briggs)
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Leonard Bernstein       (John Briggs)
B1032. JOHN BRIGGS. Leonard Bernstein: The Man, His work, and His World. Cleveland, World, 1961. 274 pp. Index; Discography; Photos.


“Bernstein's meteoric rise at the age of 25 to the conductorship of the NY Philharmonic is a musical Horatio Alger story. He made musical history in almost every phase of serious and popular music, including as a pianist and composer. He wrote symphonies, ballets, an opera and scores for Broadway musicals WEST SIDE STORY, ON THE TOWN and WONDERFUL TOWN.”

- Zillah Dorset Akron

“One of Schonberg's most famous criticisms of Bernstein [to whom he referred as] ‘the Peter Pan of music’, written after the famous 6 April, 1962 performance before which Bernstein announced that he disagreed with pianist Glenn Gould's interpretation of Brahms' Piano Concerto #1 but was going to conduct it anyway because he found it fascinating. Schonberg chided Bernstein in print, suggesting that he should have either refrained from publicizing his disagreement, backed out of the concert, or imposed his own will on Gould.”

- Harold C. Schoenberg, THE GREAT CONDUCTORS