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Leonard Bernstein
(1918-1990) born on
Aug 25
US composer, conductor. He was the immensely popular conductor of the N.Y. Philharmonic and best known for "West Side Story," 1957.
         
   
F
It was an initiation into the love of learning, of learning how to learn . . . as a matter of interdisciplinary cognition - that is, learning to know something by its relation to something else.

R
Music . . . can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable.
A
I'm not interested in having an orchestra sound like itself. I want it to sound like the composer.
N
The key to the mystery of a great artist is that for reasons unknown, he will give away his energies and his life just to make sure that one note follows another inevitably . . . and leaves us with the feeling that something is right in the world.
K
Any great work of art . . . revives and readapts time and space, and the measure of its success is the extent to which it makes you an inhabitant of that world - the extent to which it invites you in and lets you breathe its strange, special air.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: On Boston Latin School, in NY "Times."
R: "The Unanswered Question," 1976.
A: In "Orchestras in the Age of Jet-Set Sound," "NY Times," 6 Jan 1985.
N: "The Joy of Music," 1959.
K: "What Makes Opera Grand?," in "Vogue," Dec 1958.
   


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