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Leonard Bernstein – Teachers & Teaching

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on October 17, 2017

Published on Jun 5, 2013

Some good thoughts on teaching and some excellent things for educators and lovers of music to hear. Currently out-of-print and unavailable on DVD, I thought I’d make it available for those interested in gaining some insight into music pedagogy and the professional environment.
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Leonard Bernstein – God, leave us this one Mystery, Unsolved – Why Man Creates? — Art of Quotation

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on September 17, 2016

“God, leave us this one mystery, unsolved: why man creates.” – Leonard Bernstein, American, composer, conductor, author, lecturer, and pianist

via “God, leave us this one mystery, unsolved: why man…” — Art of Quotation

Bernstein, The greatest 5 min. in music education

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on February 5, 2016

Leonard Bernstein – Young People’s Concerts – What is a Mode?

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on January 10, 2016

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What is a Mode?

Aired date: Nov 23, 1966

Plot: Bernstein discusses scales, intervals, and tones, and analyzes several pieces, including Debussy’s Fêtes, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, and music from the Kinks and the Beatles, to illustrate different modes. An excerpt from Bernstein’s ballet Fancy Free is also performed.

For full script: http://leonardbernstein.com/ypc_scrip…

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DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH – Symphony No. 5 – Bernstein, New York Philharmonic Orchestra

Posted in Composers, Russia, Symphone by Higher Density Blog on June 17, 2015

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Great presentation of american conductor Leonard Bernstein with the New York Philharmonic, playing the Symphony No. 5 of Dmitri Shostakovich at a 1979 live perfomance on Bunka Kainan, Tokyo, Japan.

http://www.kultur.com/Bernstein-In-Ja…

Leonard Bernstein – Young People’s Concerts – What is a Mode?

Posted in Modes, Music Theory, Presentation by Higher Density Blog on March 25, 2015

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Leonard Bernstein – On The Future of Music

Posted in Bernstein, Presentation by Higher Density Blog on December 3, 2014

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Conclusion of Bernstein Unanswered Question lectures at Harvard in 1973.

Leonard Bernstein – Igor Stravinsky – Asymmetry Racket

Posted in Composers, Stravinsky by Higher Density Blog on December 1, 2014

Leonard Bernstein – Young Peoples Concerts – Two Ballet Birds

Posted in Ballet, Composers, Stravinsky by Higher Density Blog on November 11, 2014

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Two Ballet Birds

Aired date: Sep 14, 1969

Plot: Bernstein compares the main theme of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake with Stravinsky’s Firebird. A performance of the pas de deux from Swan Lake illustrates the concept of abstract ballet, followed by excerpts from Stravinsky’s Firebird.

For full script: http://leonardbernstein.com/ypc_scrip.

Beethoven – Coriolan Overture – Leonard Bernstein

Posted in Beethoven, Composers, Ensemble, Orchestra, Overture by Higher Density Blog on October 20, 2014

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Leonard Bernstein – The Unanswered Question, 1973 – Musical Syntax Bernstein – Norton Lectures

Posted in Education, Music Syntax, Presentation by Higher Density Blog on October 15, 2014

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The Unanswered Question 1973 2 Musical Syntax Bernstein Norton

Leonard Bernstein – On Beethoven First Symphony

Posted in Beethoven, Composers, Education, Presentation by Higher Density Blog on October 1, 2014

Dmitri Shostakovich – Symphony No. 5 – Leonard Bernstein, New York Philharmonic Orchestra

Posted in Orchestra, Shostakovich, Symphony by Higher Density Blog on September 30, 2014

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Gran presentación del director norteamericano Leonard Bernstein, conduciendo a la Orquesta Filarmónica de New York interpretando la Sinfonía No. 5 de Dmitri Shostakovich en la localidad japonesa de Bunka Kainan, Tokio en el año 1979.

Great presentation of american conductor Leonard Bernstein with the New York Philharmonic, playing the Symphony No. 5 of Dmitri Shostakovich at a 1979 live perfomance on Bunka Kainan, Tokyo, Japan.

http://www.kultur.com/Bernstein-In-Ja…

 

Leonard Bernstein – Young People’s Concerts – What is Impressionism

Posted in Debussy, Ravel by Higher Density Blog on August 24, 2014

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What is Impressionism?

Aired date: Dec 1, 1961

Plot: Bernstein focuses on Impressionism in music, discussing the methods and styles of Debussy and Ravel. He conducts three movements from La Mer and the final dance of Daphnis et Chloe.

For full script: http://leonardbernstein.com/ypc_scrip…

Leonard Bernstein – The Making of West Side Story

Posted in Bernstein, Comp Process, Composers, Documentary, Musical Theatre by Higher Density Blog on July 17, 2014

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Leonard Bernstein -1982 – Teacher – Masterclass

Posted in Conducting, Masterclass by Higher Density Blog on July 17, 2014

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From the PBS series “Great Performances”, this Betamax video relic was taped in 1983 and shows Leonard Bernstein in three of his modes: Conductor, Soloist and Teacher. Divided into YouTube sized pieces this concert is uploaded on the 20th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein’s death in October, 1990. This final part was taped in 1983 at the LA Philharmonic Institute and shows Mr. Bernstein doing what he truly loved, teaching the art of conducting to a few of the lucky masterclass students at the institute.

Gustav Mahler – Symphony No. 10 – Leonard Bernstein

Posted in Classical, Classical, Mahler, Music, Orchestra, Symphony by Higher Density Blog on May 31, 2014

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Mahler started his work on his Tenth Symphony in July 1910 in Toblach, and ended his efforts in September the same year. He never managed to complete the orchestral draft before his premature death at the age of fifty from a streptococcal infection of the blood.
Mahler’s drafts and sketches for the Tenth Symphony comprise 72 pages of full score, 50 pages of continuous short score draft (2 pages of which are missing), and a further 44 pages of preliminary drafts, sketches, and inserts. In the form in which Mahler left it, the symphony consists of five movements:
1. Andante — Adagio: 275 bars drafted in orchestral and short score.
2. Scherzo: 522 bars drafted in orchestral and short score.
3. Purgatorio. Allegro moderato: 170 bars drafted in short score, the first 30 bars of which were also drafted in orchestral score.
4. Scherzo. Nicht zu schnell]: about 579 bars drafted in short score.
5. Finale. Langsam, schwer: 400 bars drafted in short score.
The parts in short score were usually in four staves. The designations of some movements were altered as work progressed: for example the second movement was initially envisaged as a finale. The fourth movement was also relocated in multiple instances. Mahler then started on an orchestral draft of the symphony, which begins to bear some signs of haste after the halfway point of the first movement. He had gotten as far as orchestrating the first two movements and the opening 30 bars of the third movement when he had to put aside work on the Tenth to make final revisions to the Ninth Symphony.
The circumstances surrounding the composition of the Tenth were highly unusual. Mahler was at the height of his compositional powers, but his personal life was in complete disarray, most recently compounded by the revelation that his young wife Alma had had an affair with the architect Walter Gropius. Mahler sought counselling from Sigmund Freud, and on the verge of its successful première in Munich, dedicated the Eighth Symphony to Alma in a desperate attempt to repair the breach. The unsettled frame of Mahler’s mind found expression in the despairing comments (many addressed to Alma) written on the manuscript of the Tenth, and must have influenced its composition: on the final page of the short score in the final movement, Mahler wrote, “für dich leben! für dich sterben!” (To live for you! To die for you!) and the exclamation “Almschi!” underneath the last soaring phrase.

Conductor: Leonard Bernstein & Wiener Philharmoniker.

Leonard Bernstein – The Unanswered Question – Lecture 1 – Musical Phonology

Posted in Comp Process, Education, Music Motif, Presentation by Higher Density Blog on May 26, 2014

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Leonard Bernstein – Howard Goodalls Twentieth Century Greats

Posted in Bernstein, Composers, Leonard by Higher Density Blog on May 12, 2014

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Leonard Bernstein – Young People’s Concerts – What is Impressionism

Posted in Music History, Presentation by Higher Density Blog on November 22, 2013
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