Maestro Leonard Bernstein narrates "What Is Jazz". Tonight's Jazz Feature is a Jazz Show tradition as it honors this time of year when school starts and the Fall season commences. Bernstein's classic recording with musical examples by some of Jazz music's great stars demonstrates to the non musically educated listener what Jazz is and what it isn't. It's education and entertainment rolled into one. Sit back and enjoy and possibly learn something too from Leonard Bernstein and company in "What Is Jazz".
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Today is the 103rd birthday of the composer Leonard Bernstein. His music is part of the American soundtrack, I can close my eyes and hear a piece and picture Mid Century New York City. It has also been well documented that any friend of the Muppets holds a golden ticket into my inner circle of influential people. He is not only a friend, he also had a Muppet inspired by him: Leonard Birdseed. The world is a better place because he was in it and still feels the loss that he has left. Music: West Side Story Original Soundtrack (1961) This episode is also available as a blog post: http://waldina.com/2021/08/25/happy-102nd-birthday-leonard-bernstein-2/ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/waldina/message
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158 — A Plea for Peace: Leonard Bernstein, Richard Nixon, and the Music of the 1973 Inauguration
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Music and poetry were powerful headliners at the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris signaling change and new beginnings. This was not the first time the arts have reflected the mood of the country and a new administration. In January 1973, following the Christmas bombing of Vietnam, conductor Leonard Bernstein gathered an impromptu orchestra to perform an "anti-inaugural concert" protesting Richard Nixon's official inaugural concert and his escalation of the war in Vietnam. One of the main performances of the official inaugural was the 1812 Overture with its booming drums replicating the sound of war cannons. In 1973, the United States was reaching the concluding stages of our involvement in Vietnam. And while the war would soon come to an end, the weeks leading up to the second inauguration of Richard Nixon were met with some of the most intense and deadly bombing campaigns of the war. The anti-war movement was unhinged. They had marched, they protested — to seemingly no avail when it came to changing Nixon’s foreign policies. So what to do next... Leonard Bernstein gathered an impromptu orchestra for an “anti-inaugural concert”— a concert for peace—following his belief that by creating beauty, and by sharing it with as many people as possible, artists had the power to tip the earthly balance in favor of brotherhood and peace. This story was produced by Brandi Howell with special thanks to Michael Chikinda, Alicia Kopfstein, Matt Holsen, and Bernie Swain. Find more of her stories at: theechochamberpodcast.com
In this episode, we spoke to Professor Paul Laird. Paul is Professor of Musicology at the University of Kansas where he teaches courses in Baroque music, twentieth-century music, the history of musical theatre, and American music. He has published extensively over his academic career. Select books include The Baroque Cello Revival by Scarecrow Press, The Chichester Psalms of Leonard Bernstein by Pendragon Press, and the Historical Dictionary of Leonard Bernstein co-authored with Hsun Lin and published by Rowman & Littlefield. This episode focussed on Paul’s biography of the American musical giant Leonard Bernstein, which was published by Reaktion Books in 2018 as part of the ‘Critical Lives’ series. In addition to highlighting the need to organise the parallel careers of Bernstein and some technical limitations in writing this biography, Paul also shared his impressions and experience with the man himself.
Exploring Leonard Bernstein's Clarinet Sonata with Stuart King
Exploring Masterworks for Clarinet with Stuart King
One of my all time favourite Clarinet Sonatas is that written by the master Leonard Bernstein. This was in fact his first published work and what an Op.1 it is! Composed from the Autumn of 1941 to the Spring of 1942, Bernstein combined influences of the great Paul Hindemith, composer-in-residence at Tanglewood in the Summer of 1940 with his own fresh, vibrant jazz inflected style. There are distinct fore-shadows of West Side Story's punchy Latin grooves and heartfelt lyricism woven throughout this short two movement 'fantasy'. Join me as I share my love of this great masterwork of the 20th century.
This Jazz Feature is Part 1 of a tradition on this show done at this time of year. Maestro Leonard Bernstein was a person who despite his massive reputation in classical music loved and understood and respected Jazz, it's players and the music. Bernstein was a pioneer through recordings and television who made the complexities of music understandable to the lay person. He succeeded and this album is an example of this as it pertains to Jazz music. Bernstein explains what is and what isn't Jazz and does it in a non-academic way. No matter how many times one hears this recording there is always something new to learn. So we always make this recording available in September when students return to school. Bernstein's narration is augmented not only by his own piano playing but by artists like Coleman Hawkins, Louis Armstrong, Bessie Smith, Phil Woods, Miles Davis etc. Part 1 is all about what makes Jazz unique. Part 2 takes apart a old pop song and demonstrates how musicians from different eras and styles play the tune. "What is Jazz" is worth your time and is educational and entertaining. Thank you Leonard Bernstein.