Download Dinner with Lenny: The Last Long Interview with Leonard by Jonathan Cott PDF

By Jonathan Cott

Leonard Bernstein used to be arguably the main hugely esteemed, influential, and charismatic American classical song character of the 20th century. Conductor, composer, pianist, author, educator, and human rights activist, Bernstein really led a lifetime of Byronic intensity--passionate, risk-taking, and convention-breaking.

In November 1989, only a yr sooner than his loss of life, Bernstein invited author Jonathan Cott to his kingdom domestic in Fairfield, Connecticut for what became out to be his final significant interview--an unheard of and astonishingly frank twelve-hour dialog. Now, in Dinner with Lenny, Cott offers a whole account of this amazing discussion during which Bernstein discourses with disarming frankness, humor, and depth on issues musical, pedagogical, political, mental, religious, and the unabashedly own. Bernstein comes alive back, with vodka glass in hand, making a song, buzzing, and making pointed reviews on a wide range of subject matters, from renowned track ("the Beatles have been the simplest songwriters seeing that Gershwin"), to nice composers ("Wagner used to be constantly in a psychotic frenzy. He used to be a madman, a megalomaniac"), and politics (lamenting "the brainlessness, the mindlessness, the carelessness, and the heedlessness of the Reagans of the world"). and naturally, Bernstein talks of undertaking, advising scholars "to examine the rating and make it come alive as though they have been the composer. in case you can do this, you are a conductorand if you cannot, you are not. If i do not become Brahms or Tchaikovsky or Stravinsky while i am undertaking their works, then it will not be a superb performance."

After Rolling Stone journal released an abridged model of the dialog in 1990, the Chicago Tribune praised it as "an awesome interview" packed with "passion, wit, and acute analysis." Studs Terkel referred to as the interview "astonishing and revelatory." Now, this full-length model offers the reader with a distinct, you-are-there standpoint on what it was once prefer to speak with this gregarious, witty, candid, and encouraging American dynamo.

Show description

Read or Download Dinner with Lenny: The Last Long Interview with Leonard Bernstein PDF

Similar music books

Focus: Irish Traditional Music (Focus on World Music Series)

Concentration: Irish conventional song is an creation to the instrumental and vocal traditions of the Republic of eire and northerly eire, in addition to Irish song within the context of the Irish diaspora.

Technical Exercises (Complete): For Early Advanced to Advanced Piano (Alfred Masterwork Edition)

This version is created from 86 diverse technical routines composed by way of Liszt in the course of 1868 to 1880. Liszt meant those hugely demanding routines to construct larger functionality talents in virtuoso pianists. the total sequence contains twelve volumes, each facing a special pianistic challenge.

Reflets Dans L'eau: For Advanced Piano Solo (Kalmus Edition)

Expertly prepared piano solo from our Kalmus Edition.

Requiem in D Minor: For TTBB Chorus/Choir and Orchestra with Latin Text (Choral Score) (Kalmus Edition)

A Choral Worship Cantata in TTBB voicing, composed via Luigi Cherubini.

Additional info for Dinner with Lenny: The Last Long Interview with Leonard Bernstein

Sample text

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.07 of 5 – based on 5 votes