Music Was It: Young Leonard Bernstein by Susan Goldman Rubin PDF

By Susan Goldman Rubin

Starting with Lenny’s youth in Boston and finishing along with his effective carrying out debut at Carnegie corridor with the recent York Philharmonic while he used to be simply twenty-five, track was once IT attracts readers into the vigorous, passionate, demanding, music-filled lifetime of younger Leonard Bernstein. Archival images, as a rule from the Leonard Bernstein assortment on the Library of Congress, illustrate this interesting biography, which additionally features a foreword via Bernstein’s daughter Jamie. wide again subject contains biographies of vital humans in Bernstein’s lifestyles, in addition to a discography of his track.

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About two hundred peo- Beatrice Gordon, around 1935. ple attended. The kids collected around fifty dollars, which they gave to charity. Lenny played the piano to accompany the singers. When he was “onstage” performing, his friend Mildred Spiegel took over for him. Lenny raced back and forth to the piano. “We were a smash,” said Lenny. “Even Sam loved it. He lent us his wigs, after all. ” But Lenny was beginning to discover his talent as a showman. Back in Boston he completed his last year of high school.

He and Mildred became popular at parties, where they entertained everyone. Sometimes she sang and he accompanied her, or they played a duet, such as their favorite, Rumbalero by Morton Gould. It was written for two pianos, but they played it on one. Through his friendship with Mildred, Lenny realized that he was not getting proper training as a pianist. His teacher, Miss Williams, had taught him to not arch his hands over the keyboard the way most pianists did. ” It was torture for Lenny—and it was incorrect.

37 Music Was IT Sam and Lenny at the beach, possibly in Sharon, around 1935. 38 Lenny the Showman In fact there is never a time when I do not prefer playing my piano to any other sort of work or recreation. ” In June 1935 Lenny graduated from Boston Latin and co-wrote the class song. ) Lenny composed the music and co-wrote the lyrics with a classmate, Lawrence F. Ebb. The song began, All for one and one for all. Sharing each success or fall; All too soon has come the parting To worldly realms beyond our wall.

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