Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)
Born August 25, 1918 Died October 14, 1990
Leonard Bernstein was an American composer, conductor, author, music lecturer, and pianist. He was among the first conductors born and educated in the US to receive worldwide acclaim.

His fame derived from his long tenure as the music director of the New York Philharmonic, from his conducting of concerts with most of the world’s leading orchestras, and from his music for West Side Story, Peter Pan, Candide, On the Town, On the Waterfront, and a range of other compositions, including three symphonies and many shorter chamber and solo works.

Bernstein was the first conductor to give a series of television lectures on classical music, starting in 1954 and continuing until his death. He was a skilled pianist, often conducting piano concertos from the keyboard. He was also a critical figure in the modern revival of the music of Gustav Mahler, the composer he was most passionately interested in.

As a composer he wrote in many styles encompassing symphonic and orchestral music, ballet, film and theatre music, choral works, opera, chamber music and pieces for the piano. Many of his works are regularly performed around the world, although none has matched the tremendous popular and critical success of West Side Story.

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On The Town (1944 musical)

Peter Pan (1950 musical)

On the Waterfront (1954), soundtrack

Candide (1956 operetta)

West Side Story (1957 musical)

West Side Story (1961 musical film), soundtrack

Leonard Bernstein Conducts West Side Story (1985), UK #11, 2x Platinum
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