The Long Sixties

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:
The Long Sixties

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This chapter describes the Gustav Mahler centennial that was celebrated by the Philharmonic in 1960. It looks at Bernstein's work, the Kaddish, which had great political significance and transformed theology into political sociology. It looks at his role in the civil rights and antiwar movement, as well as his positions on the nature and exercise of American power. It identifies and studies important events during this period, including the Selma March, the resistance to the Vietnam War, and the radicalization of Americans in the late 1960s, along with Bernstein's political evolution. The chapter also considers Bernstein's support for Senator Eugene McCarthy's campaign, and Bernstein's humiliation over his rejection of black musicians and the debate of a Black Panther fund raiser.

Keywords: Gustav Mahler; Kaddish; theology; political sociology; civil rights; antiwar movement; American power; political evolution

Chapter.  15625 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: American Music

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