Leonard Bernstein, West Side Story

Leonard Bernstein, West Side Story
  • Author : Nigel Simeone
  • Publisher : Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
  • Pages : 177
  • Relase : 2009
  • ISBN : 0754664848

Leonard Bernstein, West Side Story Book Review:

West Side Story is one of the few Broadway musicals that can make a genuine claim to transforming the genre. Nigel Simeone begins by exploring the long process of creating West Side Story, including a discussion of Bernstein's sketches, early drafts of the score and script, as well as cut songs. The core of the book is the commentary on the music itself. West Side Story is one of the very few Broadway musicals for which there is a complete published orchestral score, as well as two different editions of the piano-vocal score. The survival of the original copied orchestral score, and the reminiscences of Sid Ramin and Irwin Kostal, reveal details of the orchestration process, and the extent to which Bernstein was involved in this. Simeone concludes by placing West Side Story in the context of Bernstein's oeuvre as well as considering the lasting impact and reputation of the show.

West Side Story

West Side Story
  • Author : Leonard Bernstein,Arthur Laurents
  • Publisher : Heinemann
  • Pages : 128
  • Relase : 1972
  • ISBN : 0435235281

West Side Story Book Review:

This series of contemporary plays includes structured GCSE assignments for use by individuals or groups. These include questions which involve close reading, writing and discussion. This play places the "Romeo and Juliet" story in a New York gang-warfare context.

Leonard Bernstein: West Side Story

Leonard Bernstein: West Side Story
  • Author : Nigel Simeone
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Pages : 192
  • Relase : 2017-07-05
  • ISBN : 9781351560382

Leonard Bernstein: West Side Story Book Review:

One of the Broadway musicals that can genuinely claim to have transformed the genre, West Side Story has been featured in many books on Broadway, but it has yet to be the focus of a scholarly monograph. Nigel Simeone begins by exploring the long process of creating West Side Story, including a discussion of Bernstein's sketches, early drafts of the score and script, as well as cut songs. The core of the book is a commentary on the music itself. West Side Story is one of the very few Broadway musicals for which there is a complete published orchestral score, as well as two different editions of the piano-vocal score. The survival of the original copied orchestral score, and the reminiscences of Sid Ramin and Irwin Kostal, reveal details of the orchestration process, and the extent to which Bernstein was involved in this. Simeone's commentary considers: musical characteristics and compositional techniques used to mirror the drama (for example, the various uses of the tritone), motivic development, the use and reinvention of Broadway and other conventions, the creation of dramatic continuity in the score through the use of motifs and other devices, the unusual degree of dissonance and rhythmic complexity (at least for the time), and the integration of Latin-American dance forms (Mambo, Huapango and so on). Simeone also considers the reception of West Side Story in the contemporary press. The stir the show caused included the response that it was the angular, edgy score that made it a remarkable achievement. Not all reviews were uncritical. Finally, the book looks in detail at the making of the original Broadway cast recording, made in just one day, included on the accompanying downloadable resources.

The Leonard Bernstein Letters

The Leonard Bernstein Letters
  • Author : Leonard Bernstein
  • Publisher : Yale University Press
  • Pages : 625
  • Relase : 2013-10-29
  • ISBN : 9780300186543

The Leonard Bernstein Letters Book Review:

“With their intellectual brilliance, humor and wonderful eye for detail, Leonard Bernstein’s letters blow all biographies out of the water.”—The Economist (2013 Book of the Year) Leonard Bernstein was a charismatic and versatile musician—a brilliant conductor who attained international superstar status, and a gifted composer of Broadway musicals (West Side Story), symphonies (Age of Anxiety), choral works (Chichester Psalms), film scores (On the Waterfront), and much more. Bernstein was also an enthusiastic letter writer, and this book is the first to present a wide-ranging selection of his correspondence. The letters have been selected for the insights they offer into the passions of his life—musical and personal—and the extravagant scope of his musical and extra-musical activities. Bernstein’s letters tell much about this complex man, his collaborators, his mentors, and others close to him. His galaxy of correspondents encompassed, among others, Aaron Copland, Stephen Sondheim, Jerome Robbins, Thornton Wilder, Boris Pasternak, Bette Davis, Adolph Green, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and family members including his wife Felicia and his sister Shirley. The majority of these letters have never been published before. They have been carefully chosen to demonstrate the breadth of Bernstein’s musical interests, his constant struggle to find the time to compose, his turbulent and complex sexuality, his political activities, and his endless capacity for hard work. Beyond all this, these writings provide a glimpse of the man behind the legends: his humanity, warmth, volatility, intellectual brilliance, wonderful eye for descriptive detail, and humor. “The correspondence from and to the remarkable conductor is full of pleasure and insights.”—The New York Times Book Review (Editors’ Choice) “Exhaustive, thrilling [and] indispensable.”—USA Today (starred review)

Brooke's 'romeus and Juliet, '

Brooke's 'romeus and Juliet, '
  • Author : Arthur Brooke
  • Publisher : Franklin Classics
  • Pages : 242
  • Relase : 2018-10-07
  • ISBN : 0341764582

Brooke's 'romeus and Juliet, ' Book Review:

This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work is in the public domain in the United States of America, and possibly other nations. Within the United States, you may freely copy and distribute this work, as no entity (individual or corporate) has a copyright on the body of the work. Scholars believe, and we concur, that this work is important enough to be preserved, reproduced, and made generally available to the public. To ensure a quality reading experience, this work has been proofread and republished using a format that seamlessly blends the original graphical elements with text in an easy-to-read typeface. We appreciate your support of the preservation process, and thank you for being an important part of keeping this knowledge alive and relevant.

West Side Story

West Side Story
  • Author : Richard Barrios,Turner Classic Movies
  • Publisher : Running Press Adult
  • Pages : 232
  • Relase : 2020-06-30
  • ISBN : 9780762469468

West Side Story Book Review:

A captivating, richly illustrated full account of the making of the ground-breaking movie classic West Side Story (1961). A major hit on Broadway, on film West Side Story became immortal-a movie different from anything that had come before, but this cinematic victory came at a price. In this engrossing volume, film historian Richard Barrios recounts how the drama and rivalries seen onscreen played out to equal intensity behind-the-scenes, while still achieving extraordinary artistic feats. The making and impact of West Side Story has so far been recounted only in vestiges. In the pages of this book, the backstage tale comes to life along with insight on what has made the film a favorite across six decades: its brilliant use of dance as staged by erstwhile co-director Jerome Robbins; a meaningful story, as set to Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim's soundtrack; the performances of a youthful ensemble cast featuring Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno, George Chakiris, and more; a film with Shakespearean roots (Romeo and Juliet) that is simultaneously timeless and current. West Side Story was a triumph that appeared to be very much of its time; over the years it has shown itself to be eternal.

The Making of West Side Story

The Making of West Side Story
  • Author : Keith Garebian
  • Publisher :
  • Pages : 176
  • Relase : 2003-07
  • ISBN : 1903111625

The Making of West Side Story Book Review:

Suite from West Side story

Suite from West Side story
  • Author : Leonard Bernstein,Raimundo Penaforte
  • Publisher : Leonard Bernstein Music Publishing Company Llc
  • Pages : 12
  • Relase : 2007
  • ISBN : 142341148X

Suite from West Side story Book Review:

(Instrumental). This suite for violin and piano features Raimundo Penaforte's elaborate concert arrangements for advanced players of "I Feel Pretty," "Somewhere" and "America."

West Side Story, Gypsy, and the Art of Broadway Orchestration

West Side Story, Gypsy, and the Art of Broadway Orchestration
  • Author : Paul Laird
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Pages : 210
  • Relase : 2021-11-19
  • ISBN : 9780429662737

West Side Story, Gypsy, and the Art of Broadway Orchestration Book Review:

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.

The Unanswered Question

The Unanswered Question
  • Author : Leonard Bernstein
  • Publisher : Harvard University Press
  • Pages : 428
  • Relase : 1976
  • ISBN : 0674920015

The Unanswered Question Book Review:

The aesthetic origins and directions of music are explored, touching upon concepts and visualizations from such fields as poetry, linguistics, and physics

Famous Father Girl

Famous Father Girl
  • Author : Jamie Bernstein
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Pages : 400
  • Relase : 2018-06-12
  • ISBN : 9780062641373

Famous Father Girl Book Review:

The oldest daughter of revered composer Leonard Bernstein offers a rare look at her father on the centenary of his birth—illuminating a man, a city, and an era that defined modern culture—in a deeply intimate and broadly evocative memoir reminiscent of Alexandra Styron’s Reading My Father and Richard Ford’s Between Them. The composer of On the Town and West Side Story, chief conductor of the New York Philharmonic, television star, humanitarian, friend of the powerful and influential, and inveterate partygoer Leonard Bernstein was a massive celebrity during one of the headiest periods of American cultural life, and perhaps the most talented musician in American history. To his eldest daughter, Jamie, he was all that and more; he was the man in the scratchy brown bathrobe that smelled of cigarettes, who sat late at night at the piano when he couldn’t sleep (he could never sleep). An incredible jokester, an incessant teacher, he taught her to love the world in all its beauty and complexity. In public and private, Lenny was larger than life. In Famous Father Girl, Bernstein mines the emotional depths of her childhood and invites us into her family’s private world. A fantastic set of characters populate the Bernsteins’ lives, including: the Kennedys, Mike Nichols, John Lennon, Richard Avedon, Stephen Sondheim, Jerome Robbins, and Betty (Lauren) Bacall. An intoxicating tale, Famous Father Girl is an intimate meditation on a deeply complex and sometimes troubled man and the beautiful music that was the soundtrack to his life. Deeply moving and often hilarious, Bernstein’s beautifully written memoir is great American story about one of the greatest Americans of the modern age.

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

There's a Place For Us: The Musical Theatre Works of Leonard Bernstein
  • Author : Helen Smith
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Pages : 318
  • Relase : 2017-07-05
  • ISBN : 9781351539234

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

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'.

Symphonic Dances from "West Side Story"

Symphonic Dances from
  • Author : Leonard Bernstein
  • Publisher : Boosey & Hawkes
  • Pages : 111
  • Relase : 2004-06-01
  • ISBN : 1423440668

Symphonic Dances from "West Side Story" Book Review:

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Selections from West Side Story

Selections from West Side Story
  • Author : Leonard Bernstein,Stephen Sondheim,Carol Klose
  • Publisher : One Piano Four Hands
  • Pages : 55
  • Relase : 2007
  • ISBN : STANFORD:36105123688108

Selections from West Side Story Book Review:

(Piano Duet Selections). Eight piano duets from the beloved musical: America * Cool * I Feel Pretty * Maria * One Hand, One Heart * Something's Coming * Somewhere * Tonight.

West Side Story

West Side Story
  • Author : Elizabeth A. Wells
  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
  • Pages : 312
  • Relase : 2011
  • ISBN : 9780810876668

West Side Story Book Review:

Offers a history of the creation of West Side Story and looks at the musical from a variety of cultural and historical perspectives--from Latin American influences to feminist perspectives to what the work has to say about juvenile delinquency in the 1950s--in a book that includes photos, a timeline, a discography and a cast and crew list.

Big Book of Cello Songs (Songbook)

Big Book of Cello Songs (Songbook)
  • Author : Hal Leonard Corp.
  • Publisher : Hal Leonard Corporation
  • Pages : 144
  • Relase : 2007-09-01
  • ISBN : 9781476871165

Big Book of Cello Songs (Songbook) Book Review:

(Instrumental Folio). Instrumentalists will love these collections of 130 popular solos, including: Another One Bites the Dust * Any Dream Will Do * Bad Day * Beauty and the Beast * Breaking Free * Clocks * Edelweiss * God Bless the U.S.A. * Heart and Soul * I Will Remember You * Imagine * Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye * Satin Doll * United We Stand * You Raise Me Up * and more.

Leonard Bernstein

Leonard Bernstein
  • Author : Paul Laird
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Pages : 320
  • Relase : 2015-06-05
  • ISBN : 9781317430445

Leonard Bernstein Book Review:

Beginning with an introductory essay on his achievements, it continues with annotations on Bernstein's voluminous writings, performances, educational work, and major secondary sources.

Something's Coming, Something Good

Something's Coming, Something Good
  • Author : Misha Berson
  • Publisher : Applause Theatre & Cinema
  • Pages : 279
  • Relase : 2011
  • ISBN : 9781557837660

Something's Coming, Something Good Book Review:

A critical and comprehensive exploration of the influential Broadway musical analyzes West Side Story against a backdrop of its cultural period while considering its reflection of both classical Shakespeare conflicts and modern youth issues. Original.

Leonard Bernstein

Leonard Bernstein
  • Author : Allen Shawn
  • Publisher : Yale University Press
  • Pages : 360
  • Relase : 2014-09-30
  • ISBN : 9780300210170

Leonard Bernstein Book Review:

Leonard Bernstein stood at the epicenter of twentieth-century American musical life. His creative gifts knew no boundaries as he moved easily from the podium, to the piano, to television with his nationally celebrated Young People’s Concerts, which introduced an entire generation to the joy of classical music. In this fascinating new biography, the breadth of Bernstein’s musical composition is explored, through the spectacular range of music he composed—from West Side Story to Kaddish to A Quiet Place and beyond—and through his intensely public role as an internationally celebrated conductor. For the first time, the composer’s life and work receive a fully integrated analysis, offering a comprehensive appreciation of a multi-faceted musician who continued to grow as an artist well into his final days.

Music Was It

Music Was It
  • Author : Susan Goldman Rubin
  • Publisher : Charlesbridge Publishing
  • Pages : 178
  • Relase : 2011-02
  • ISBN : 9781580893442

Music Was It Book Review:

Biography of composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein.