Infinite Variety of Music


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BERNSTEIN, Leonard. The Infinite Variety of Music. New York: Simon and Schuster, (1966). Octavo, original red cloth, original dust jacket.

First edition of Bernstein's second book, critically praised as "vital and evocative," signed in black felt pen by Bernstein.

"Leonard Bernstein was not only a musical genius, but a noted teacher, speaker and writer… he had it right when he hailed the 'infinite variety' of musical tradition and musical society." To Michael Tilson Thomas, as a composer, conductor and author, Bernstein "brought American music to a whole new point of recognition, where it could stand not only in the originality of its musical creation but also in its interpretive sense" (New York Times). This important collection of Bernstein's writings won praise on publication as "vital and evocative" (New York Times Book Review). The book begins with "An Open Letter," followed by his "Imaginary Conversation" with George Washington, and transcripts of Bernstein's February 22, 1959 telecast titled, "The Infinite Variety of Music"; the same year's November 22 telecast, "The Ageless Mozart"; the March 13, 1960 telecast, "Rhythm" and the January 22, 1961 telecast, "Romanticism in Music." Also featured are his "Sabbatical Report," a transcript of his February 19, 1957 address, "Something to Say," and a section devoted to his extensive writings on symphonies by Dvorak, Tchaikovsky, Beethoven and Brahms. "First printing" stated on copyright page. With frontispiece and numerous full-page and in-text illustrations. Laird, Leonard Bernstein 81.

Book fine, light edge-wear to bright near-fine dust jacket.

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