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Leonard Bernstein : a guide to research
Laird, Paul R.
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Publication Information:
New York : Routledge, [2002]

Physical Description:
x, 306 pages : music ; 24 cm.
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Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
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ML134.B512 L35 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Beginning with an introductory essay on his achievements, it continues with annotations on Bernstein's voluminous writings, performances, educational work, and major secondary sources.

Author Notes

Paul Laird teaches at the University of Kansas.

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Laird's excellent guide to materials about Leonard Bernstein includes separate essays on the composer's "life and work and his 'musical style.'" The care and attention given this work is evident, and stems, in part, from the author's personal interview with Bernstein in 1982 and his recognition of the composer's international appeal. Each of the 677 entries is carefully crafted with useful information and critical commentary. The annotated list of Bernstein's major compositions by genre is selective and discusses each work's historical background and the context of the composer's total output. The book lists writings by Bernstein, biographical sources, and sources for his compositions and sound recordings, and has chapters on Bernstein as conductor, educator, and commentator. Nonprint formats include video recordings and online sites. Researchers will want to consult the section "Research Aids," which includes up-to-date information on major research collections. A valuable resource recommended for all public and academic libraries. J. R. Heintze American University

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
1 The Life and Work of Leonard Bernsteinp. 1
Family Background, Education, and Early Career to 1943p. 1
Bernstein the Conductorp. 3
Bernstein the Composerp. 4
Bernstein the Educator and Commentatorp. 9
Bernstein the Pianistp. 10
2 Leonard Bernstein's Musical Stylep. 13
Eclecticism and Leonard Bernsteinp. 13
Accessibility, Communication, and Dramatic Impactp. 15
Collaborationp. 18
Melodyp. 18
Rhythmp. 22
Vernacular Referencesp. 32
Harmony, Texture, and Formp. 37
Towards an Assessment of Bernstein's Musicp. 38
Index of Compositions and Arrangements Named in Chapters 1 and 2p. 43
3 An Annotated List of Bernstein's Major Compositionsp. 45
Solo Instrumental Musicp. 45
Pianop. 45
Orchestral Instrumentsp. 48
Instrumental Chamber Musicp. 49
Vocal and Choral Musicp. 50
Solo Voice(s)p. 50
Chorusesp. 53
Dramatic Musicp. 54
Balletsp. 54
Broadway Scores and Theater Piecep. 56
Film Scorep. 58
Incidental Musicp. 59
Operasp. 59
Cantatap. 60
Orchestral and Band Musicp. 61
Symphoniesp. 61
Concertop. 62
Miscellaneous Orchestral Musicp. 63
Band Musicp. 69
4 The Writings of Leonard Bernsteinp. 71
5 Biographical Sourcesp. 89
General Biographiesp. 89
Particular Biographical Issuesp. 121
Relations with Other Luminariesp. 130
6 Sources on Bernstein's Compositionsp. 141
General and Collectivep. 141
By Performance Categoryp. 152
Piano Musicp. 152
Chamber Musicp. 154
Choral Musicp. 155
Film Scorep. 157
Songs and Song Cyclesp. 160
Symphonic Musicp. 161
Theater Musicp. 171
7 Sources on Bernstein's Allied Pursuitsp. 209
Conductingp. 209
Educator and Commentatorp. 217
8 A Selected List of Bernstein's Videosp. 223
9 Research Aids: Composition Catalogue, Archives and Libraries, and Web Sitesp. 229
Composition Cataloguep. 229
Representative Archives and Libraries with Primary Materialsp. 229
Web Sitesp. 253
Index of Compositions and Arrangementsp. 255
Index of Authors, Editors, and Titlesp. 263
Index of Subjectsp. 297