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A Man in Dark Times

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/9780520257641.003.0009
A Man in Dark Times

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This chapter shows how Bernstein was able to bounce back despite experiencing a number of dark times. It notes that it was his optimism that helped him pull through, and takes a look at his later life, where he tried to create a prophet-philosopher with a systematic body of thought, specifically during the Norton Lectures in 1973. It also reveals that Bernstein was able to find a means of prophetic expression through Mahler's music, where a long narrative of catastrophe and terror that had covered European civilization during the first half of the twentieth century was presented.

Keywords: prophet-philosopher; body of thought; Norton Lectures; Mahler

Chapter.  848 words. 

Subjects: American Music

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