Leonard Bernstein: A Passion for Music

Leonard Bernstein: A Passion for Music

Leonard Bernstein: A Passion for Music

Leonard Bernstein: A Passion for Music

Synopsis

As a composer, conductor, pianist and teacher, Leonard Bernstein managed to fit four lives into one. A nine-time Emmy winner, he composed both serious and popular music, including the well-known Broadway and movie hits, West Side Story and On the Town. C

Excerpt

Every day in homes around this country, there are parents who question and scold their children. "Have you practiced your music lesson yet? You can't watch any television until you do your practicing. Go and practice. Now!"

When Leonard Bernstein was growing up, his father scolded him, too. But the message was very different. Leonard's father, Sam Bernstein, yelled at him to stop practicing the piano. Sam, the son of a rabbi, was an immigrant from Russia. He had come alone to the United States in 1908 when he was sixteen years old. He spent his first two years in this country supporting himself by cleaning fish twelve hours a day, six days a week. Later, he worked in a barbershop owned by an uncle. From there he got a job selling supplies to other barbershops and beauty parlors. the only musicians Sam Bernstein . . .

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