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The Forties

Barry Seldes

in Leonard Bernstein

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9780520257641
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520943070 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520257641.003.0003
The Forties

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This chapter looks at Bernstein's rise in the classical musical world, as well as his initial steps towards being a political activist. It then discusses Bernstein's collaboration with Jerome Robbins for the ballets Fancy Free and On The Town, where he showed that he could make the transition from first-class composer to first-class conductor with ease. At the same time, his political life became closely entwined with his musical life, and he accepted invitations to perform and sponsor rallies and petitions that supported Russian refugee relief. The chapter also discusses his role in the Progressive ideological revival, his great American opera, and the seeming descent of his career in 1950.

Keywords: classical musical world; political activist; Jerome Robbins; Progressive ideological revival; American opera

Chapter.  9292 words. 

Subjects: American Music

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