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August 12, 2014

Leonard Bernstein breaks down the making of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony

From Open Culture: "In the mid-1950s, the American composer Leonard Bernstein made several appearances on Omnibus, a television show dedicated to covering the sciences, arts and humanities. During his visits, Bernstein walked audiences through the art of making music. Take, for example, the clip above where he breaks down the making of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. Just how did Beethoven craft it? And what decisions did he need to make along the way? What parts to include? And not to include?"

August 12, 2014 at 08:01 PM | Permalink


I always loved Omnibus, with Alistair Cooke's introductions assuring you that you were watching serious heavyweight stuff, in case you had any doubt.

Speaking of Bernstein, here's a great old CBS News Special from 1967, "The Rock Revolution," with Lenny explaining, in the first half, why he likes (some of) the music of the time, and kissing up to Janis Ian in the process. Fascinating.


Posted by: Flautist | Aug 14, 2014 7:27:39 AM

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