Bernstein at Sea

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:
Bernstein at Sea

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This chapter discusses Bernstein's steady involvement in both politics and music after the 1960s. It shows that the mood of radicalism that was prominent during the 1960s slowly faded, and that Bernstein was free to concentrate on more creative projects. It then studies the struggles Bernstein went through in order to find a compositional method where he could express his socially responsible outlook. The chapter also considers his support for the Jewish state and how Ronald Reagan's presidency affected Bernstein politically, especially due to the former's new militarization programs.

Keywords: radicalism; creative projects; compositional method; Jewish state; Ronald Reagan; militarization programs

Chapter.  6400 words. 

Subjects: American Music

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