Zitate von Leonard Bernstein
Geburtstag: 25. August 1918
Todesdatum: 14. Oktober 1990
Leonard Bernstein war ein US-amerikanischer Komponist, Dirigent und Pianist ukrainisch-jüdischer Abstammung.
Zitate Leonard Bernstein
„Für Bach war alles in der Musik Religion, sie zu schreiben war ein Glaubensbekenntnis, sie zu spielen ein Gottesdienst. Jede Note war nur an Gott gerichtet. Das trifft auf alle Teile des Werkes zu, wie weltlich auch immer ihr Verwendungszweck gewesen war.“
Freude an der Musik
„The Rhapsody is not a composition at all. It's a string of separate paragraphs stuck together — with a thin paste of flour and water… I don’t think there has been such an inspired melodist on this earth since Tchaikovsky… but if you want to speak of a composer, that's another matter.“
Of George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue
"Why Don't You Run Upstairs and Write a Nice Gershwin Tune?", in The Atlantic Monthly, April 1955.
„The 20th century has been a badly written drama, from the beginning. The opposite of a Greek drama. Act one: Greed and hypocrisy leading to a genocidal world war, a boom, a crash, totalitarianism. Act two: Greed and hypocrisy leading to a genocidal world war, a boom, a crash, totalitarianism. Act three: Greed and hypocrisy … I don't dare continue.“
Leonard Bernstein: The Gift Of Music
Leonard Bernstein, "Leonard Bernstein discusses material & structure in Bach's St. Matthew Passion," Bernstein Century - Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Nypo, Et Al (1999) (at 6:31)
„A liberal is a man or a woman or a child who looks forward to a better day, a more tranquil night, and a bright, infinite future.“
Leonard Bernstein, statement of 1953, quoted in A Wonderful Life : 50 Eulogies to Lift the Spirit (2006) by Cyrus M. Copeland, p. 190
„Perhaps the chief requirement of [the conductor] is that he be humble before the composer; that he never interpose himself between the music and the audience; that all his efforts, however strenuous or glamorous, be made in the service of the composer's meaning - the music itself, which, after all, is the whole reason for the conductor's existence.“
The Cambridge Companion to Conducting p. 16.
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Quelle: The Unanswered Question: Six Talks at Harvard (Charles Eliot Norton Lectures)
„Music, of all the arts, stands in a special region, unlit by any star but its own, and utterly without meaning… except its own.“
— Leonard Bernstein, buch The Joy of Music
Quelle: The Joy of Music
— Leonard Bernstein, The Unanswered Question
The Unanswered Question (1976)
Kontext: Einstein said that "the most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious." So why do so many of us try to explain the beauty of music, thus depriving it of its mystery?
„Any great work of art … revives and readapts time and space, and the measure of its success is the extent to which it makes you an inhabitant of that world — the extent to which it invites you in and lets you breathe its strange, special air.“
"What Makes Opera Grand?", Vogue (December 1958)