There s a Place For Us  The Musical Theatre Works of Leonard Bernstein Book

There s a Place For Us The Musical Theatre Works of Leonard Bernstein


  • Author : Helen Smith
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2017-07-05
  • Genre: Music
  • Pages : 318
  • ISBN 10 : 9781351539227

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There s a Place For Us The Musical Theatre Works of Leonard Bernstein Excerpt :

Leonard Bernstein was the quintessential American musician. Through his careers as conductor, pianist, teacher and television personality he became known across the US and the world, his flamboyance and theatricality making him a favourite with audiences, if not with critics. However, he is perhaps best remembered as a composer, particularly of the musical West Side Story, and for songs such as 'America', 'Tonight' and 'Somewhere'. Dr Helen Smith takes an in-depth look at all eight of Bernstein's musical theatre works, from the early On the Town written by the 26-year-old composer at the start of his career, to his second and last opera A Quiet Place in 1983; in between these two pieces he composed music for Trouble in Tahiti, Wonderful Town, Candide, West Side Story, Mass and 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. These works are analysed and considered against a background of musical and social context, as well as looking at Bernstein's other orchestral, choral and chamber works. One important aspect examined is Bernstein's use of motifs in his theatre compositions, which takes them out of the realms of Broadway and into the sphere of symphonic writing. Smith provides an indispensable overview of the musical theatre works of an eclectic composer, and shows what it is that constitutes the Bernstein 'sound'.

There s a Place For Us  The Musical Theatre Works of Leonard Bernstein Book

There s a Place For Us The Musical Theatre Works of Leonard Bernstein


  • Author : Helen Smith
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2017-07-05
  • Genre: Music
  • Pages : 318
  • ISBN 10 : 9781351539234

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There s a Place For Us The Musical Theatre Works of Leonard Bernstein Excerpt :

Leonard Bernstein was the quintessential American musician. Through his careers as conductor, pianist, teacher and television personality he became known across the US and the world, his flamboyance and theatricality making him a favourite with audiences, if not with critics. However, he is perhaps best remembered as a composer, particularly of the musical West Side Story, and for songs such as 'America', 'Tonight' and 'Somewhere'. Dr Helen Smith takes an in-depth look at all eight of Bernstein's musical theatre works, from the early On the Town written by the 26-year-old composer at the start of his career, to his second and last opera A Quiet Place in 1983; in between these two pieces he composed music for Trouble in Tahiti, Wonderful Town, Candide, West Side Story, Mass and 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. These works are analysed and considered against a background of musical and social context, as well as looking at Bernstein's other orchestral, choral and chamber works. One important aspect examined is Bernstein's use of motifs in his theatre compositions, which takes them out of the realms of Broadway and into the sphere of symphonic writing. Smith provides an indispensable overview of the musical theatre works of an eclectic composer, and shows what it is that constitutes the Bernstein 'sound'.

Theatre History Studies 2015 Book

Theatre History Studies 2015


  • Author : Elizabeth Reitz Mullenix
  • Publisher : University of Alabama Press
  • Release Date : 2015-12-31
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 184
  • ISBN 10 : 9780817371098

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Theatre History Studies 2015 Excerpt :

The 2015 volume of Theatre History Studies presents a collection of five critical essays examining the intersection of theatre studies and historiography as well as twenty-five book reviews highlighting recent scholarship in this thriving field.

Leonard Bernstein Book

Leonard Bernstein


  • Author : Paul R. Laird
  • Publisher : Reaktion Books
  • Release Date : 2018-02-15
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 216
  • ISBN 10 : 9781780239514

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Leonard Bernstein Excerpt :

Leonard Bernstein was one of twentieth-century music’s most successful and recognizable figures. In a career spanning five decades, he conducted many of the world’s leading orchestras and composed scores for landmark musicals such as West Side Story. With an iron self-belief, he negotiated risky and challenging musical situations that resulted in always passionate, if sometimes mixed, reviews. Published to coincide with the hundredth anniversary of Bernstein’s birth, this engaging new biography provides a concise overview of the life and work of a prodigiously talented, endlessly enthralling, and controversial musician. Drawing on more than thirty years of study, leading Bernstein scholar Paul R. Laird describes Bernstein’s work as a conductor, composer, music educator, and commentator, evaluating all of his major compositions. Laird also explores the impact of Bernstein’s complicated personal life on his professional work, including his homosexuality and many affairs with men, and his strong yet difficult marriage. Featuring original insights into Bernstein’s life and work, including information gleaned from a 1982 interview with Bernstein, Laird’s book is the ideal introduction to Bernstein’s eclectic musical style and complex character, showing how both fit within the larger world of twentieth-century music.

Bernstein Meets Broadway Book

Bernstein Meets Broadway


  • Author : Carol J. Oja
  • Publisher : Broadway Legacies
  • Release Date : 2014
  • Genre: Music
  • Pages : 399
  • ISBN 10 : 9780199862092

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A super-star of 20th-century music, Leonard Bernstein is famous for his multi-faceted artistic brilliance. Best-known on Broadway for "West Side Story," a tale of immigrant struggles and urban gang warfare, Bernstein thrived within the theater's collaborative artistic environments, and he forged a life-long commitment to advancing social justice. In 'Bernstein meets Broadway: collaborative art in a time of war', award-winning author Carol J. Oja explores a youthful Bernstein-a twenty-something composer who was emerging in New York City during World War II. Devising an innovative framework, Oja constructs a wide-ranging cultural history that illuminates how Bernstein and his friends violated artistic and political boundaries to produce imaginative artistic results. At the core of her story are the Broadway musical On the Town, the ballet Fancy Free, and a nightclub act called The Revuers. A brilliant group of collaborators joins Bernstein at center-stage, including the choreographer Jerome Robbins and the writing team of Betty Comden and Adolph Green. With the zeal of youth, they infused their art with progressive political ideals. On the Town focused on sailors enjoying a day of shore leave, and it featured a mixed-race cast, contributing an important chapter to the desegregation of American performance. It projected an equitable inter-racial vision in an era when racial segregation was being enforced contentiously in the U.S. military.

Historical Dictionary of Leonard Bernstein Book

Historical Dictionary of Leonard Bernstein


  • Author : Paul R. Laird
  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
  • Release Date : 2019-07-31
  • Genre: Music
  • Pages : 364
  • ISBN 10 : 9781538113455

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Historical Dictionary of Leonard Bernstein Excerpt :

Historical Dictionary of Leonard Bernstein contains a chronology, an introduction, an appendix, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 700 cross-referenced entries encompassing people whom he befriended or worked with, institutions, orchestras, performance venues, cities, compositional methods, and compositions.

Leonard Bernstein and Washington  DC Book

Leonard Bernstein and Washington DC


  • Author : Daniel Abraham
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2020
  • Genre: Music
  • Pages : 328
  • ISBN 10 : 9781580469739

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Leonard Bernstein and Washington DC Excerpt :

Bold new essays demonstrate how Leonard Bernstein influenced American culture, society, and politics through his conducting, composing, political relationships, and activism.

Broadway Rhythm Book

Broadway Rhythm


  • Author : Dominic Symonds
  • Publisher : University of Michigan Press
  • Release Date : 2017-11-16
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 300
  • ISBN 10 : 9780472130597

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Broadway Rhythm Excerpt :

Imaginative walking tours that retrace the map of Manhattan as it resonates with the music of Broadway

Why You Like It Book
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Why You Like It


  • Author : Nolan Gasser
  • Publisher : Flatiron Books
  • Release Date : 2019-04-30
  • Genre: Music
  • Pages : 704
  • ISBN 10 : 9781250057204

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Why You Like It Excerpt :

From the chief architect of the Pandora Radio’s Music Genome Project comes a definitive and groundbreaking examination of how your mind, body, and upbringing influence the music you love. Everyone loves music. But what is it that makes music so universally beloved and have such a powerful effect on us? In this sweeping and authoritative book, Dr. Nolan Gasser—a composer, pianist, and musicologist, and the chief architect of the Music Genome Project, which powers Pandora Radio—breaks down what musical taste is, where it comes from, and what our favorite songs say about us. Dr. Gasser delves into the science, psychology, and sociology that explains why humans love music so much; how our brains process music; and why you may love Queen but your best friend loves Kiss. He sheds light on why babies can clap along to rhythmic patterns and reveals the reason behind why different cultures around the globe identify the same kinds of music as happy, sad, or scary. Using easy-to-follow notated musical scores, Dr. Gasser teaches music fans how to become engaged listeners and provides them with the tools to enhance their musical preferences. He takes readers under the hood of their favorite genres—pop, rock, jazz, hip hop, electronica, world music, and classical—and covers songs from Taylor Swift to Led Zeppelin to Kendrick Lamar to Bill Evans to Beethoven, and through their work, Dr. Gasser introduces the musical concepts behind why you hum along, tap your foot, and feel deeply. Why You Like It will teach you how to follow the musical discourse happening within a song and thereby empower your musical taste, so you will never hear music the same way again.

The Cambridge Companion to the Musical Book

The Cambridge Companion to the Musical


  • Author : William A. Everett
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2017-09-21
  • Genre: Music
  • Pages : 483
  • ISBN 10 : 9781107114746

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The Cambridge Companion to the Musical Excerpt :

An expanded and updated edition of this acclaimed, wide-ranging survey of musical theatre in New York, London, and elsewhere.

The Oxford Handbook of Musical Theatre Screen Adaptations Book

The Oxford Handbook of Musical Theatre Screen Adaptations


  • Author : Dominic McHugh
  • Publisher : Oxford Handbooks
  • Release Date : 2019
  • Genre: Music
  • Pages : 696
  • ISBN 10 : 9780190469993

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The Oxford Handbook of Musical Theatre Screen Adaptations Excerpt :

Hollywood's conversion to sound in the 1920s created an early peak in the film musical, following the immense success of The Jazz Singer. The opportunity to synchronize moving pictures with a soundtrack suited the musical in particular, since the heightened experience of song and dance drew attention to the novelty of the technological development. Until the near-collapse of the genre in the 1960s, the film musical enjoyed around thirty years of development, as landmarks such as The Wizard of Oz, Meet Me in St Louis, Singin' in the Rain, and Gigi showed the exciting possibilities of putting musicals on the silver screen. The Oxford Handbook of Musical Theatre Screen Adaptations traces how the genre of the stage-to-screen musical has evolved, starting with screen adaptations of operettas such as The Desert Song and Rio Rita, and looks at how the Hollywood studios in the 1930s exploited the publication of sheet music as part of their income. Numerous chapters examine specific screen adaptations in depth, including not only favorites such as Annie and Kiss Me, Kate but also some of the lesser-known titles like Li'l Abner and Roberta and problematic adaptations such as Carousel and Paint Your Wagon. Together, the chapters incite lively debates about the process of adapting Broadway for the big screen and provide models for future studies.

West Side Story  Gypsy  and the Art of Broadway Orchestration Book

West Side Story Gypsy and the Art of Broadway Orchestration


  • Author : Paul Laird
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2021-11-19
  • Genre: Music
  • Pages : 210
  • ISBN 10 : 9780429662737

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West Side Story Gypsy and the Art of Broadway Orchestration Excerpt :

In this ground-breaking study, Paul Laird examines the process and effect of orchestration in West Side Story and Gypsy, two musicals that were among the most significant Broadway shows of the 1950s, and remain important in the modern repertory. Drawing on extensive archival research with original manuscripts, Laird provides a detailed account of the process of orchestration for these musicals, and their context in the history of Broadway orchestration. He argues that the orchestration plays a vital role in the characterization and plot development in each major musical number, opening a new avenue for analysis that deepens our understanding of the musical as an art form. The orchestration of the score in Broadway musicals deeply shapes their final soundscapes, but only recently has it begun to receive real attention. Linked by a shared orchestrator, in other ways West Side Story and Gypsy offer a study in contrasts. Breaking down how the two composers, Leonard Bernstein and Jules Styne, collaborated with orchestrators Sid Ramin, Irwin Kostal, and Robert Ginzler, Laird’s study enables us to better understand both of these two iconic shows, and the importance of orchestration within musical theatre in general.

Leonard Bernstein Book

Leonard Bernstein


  • Author : Allen Shawn
  • Publisher : Yale University Press
  • Release Date : 2014-09-30
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 360
  • ISBN 10 : 9780300144284

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Leonard Bernstein Excerpt :

Chronicles the life and career of the composer and musician, focusing on his range of musical compositions, from "West Side Story" to "Kaddish."

Nationalist and Populist Composers Book

Nationalist and Populist Composers


  • Author : Steve Schwartz
  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
  • Release Date : 2017-12-22
  • Genre: Music
  • Pages : 438
  • ISBN 10 : 9781442257672

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Nationalist and Populist Composers Excerpt :

Written for the both the scholar and amateur enthusiast interested in modern classical music and American social history, Nationalist and Populist Composers creates a contextual frame through which all audiences can better understand such eternal works as Rhapsody in Blue, Appalachian Spring, and West Side Story.

The Ballad of John Latouche Book

The Ballad of John Latouche


  • Author : Howard Pollack
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2017-10-06
  • Genre: Music
  • Pages : 648
  • ISBN 10 : 9780190458317

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The Ballad of John Latouche Excerpt :

Born into a poor Virginian family, John Treville Latouche (1914-56), in his short life, made a profound mark on America's musical theater as a lyricist, book writer, and librettist. The wit and skill of his lyrics elicited comparisons with the likes of Ira Gershwin, Lorenz Hart, and Cole Porter, but he had too, noted Stephen Sondheim, "a large vision of what musical theater could be," and he proved especially venturesome in helping to develop a lyric theater that innovatively combined music, word, dance, and costume and set design. Many of his pieces, even if not commonly known today, remain high points in the history of American musical theater. "A great American genius" in the words of Duke Ellington, Latouche initially came to wide public attention in his early twenties with his cantata for soloist and chorus, Ballad for Americans (1939), with music by Earl Robinson-a work that swept the nation during the Second World War. Other milestones in his career included the all-black musical fable, Cabin in the Sky (1940), with Vernon Duke; an interracial updating of John Gay's classic, The Beggar's Opera, as Beggar's Holiday (1946), with Duke Ellington; two acclaimed Broadway operas with Jerome Moross: Ballet Ballads (1948) and The Golden Apple (1954); one of the most enduring operas in the American canon, The Ballad of Baby Doe (1956), with Douglas Moore; and the operetta Candide (1956), with Leonard Bernstein and Lillian Hellman. Extremely versatile, he also wrote cabaret songs, participated in documentary and avant-garde film, translated poetry, adapted plays, and much else. Meanwhile, as one of Manhattan's most celebrated raconteurs and hosts, he developed a wide range of friends in the arts, including, to name only a few, Paul and Jane Bowles (whom he introduced to each other), Yul Brynner, John Cage, Jack Kerouac, Frederick Kiesler, Carson McCullers, Frank O'Hara, Dawn Powell, Ned Rorem, Virgil Thomson, Gore Vidal, and Tennessee Williams-a dazzling constellation o