Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Leonard Bernstein the Composer: Complete Chronological Catalogue on Spotify

"As composer, conductor, and educator, Leonard Bernstein emerged as one of a handful of figures in the twentieth century who truly changed the face of music. As a composer, Bernstein left a far-reaching legacy that includes three symphonies, a film score of singular distinction, (On the Waterfront), and an important body of stage works, including one of the cornerstones of American musical theater, West Side Story. The first American-born conductor to attain international superstardom, Bernstein made a profound impression on audiences; his podium manner was dynamic, even flamboyant, to an extent never before witnessed. Bernstein's extroverted manner attracted much criticism from those who dismissed him as a mere exhibitionist; his advocates, however, far outnumbered his detractors." - AllMusic

Works in this playlist, with links to program notes:
  • Psalm 148, for voice & piano, 1935 
  • Music for Two Pianos, 1937
  • Piano Trio, 1937
  • Piano Sonata, 1938
  • Sonata for violin & piano, 1940
  • Sonata for clarinet & piano, 1942
  • Symphony No.1 ("Jeremiah"), for mezzo-soprano & orchestra, 1942
  • 7 Anniversaries, for piano, 1943
  • I Hate Music, cycle of "5 kid songs" for soprano & piano, 1943
  • Dream With Me, song for voice & piano with obbligato cello, 1944
  • Fancy Free, ballet, 1944
  • New York, New York, song for voice & piano (from "On the Town"), 1944
  • Some Other Time, song (from "On the Town"), 1944
  • On the Town, musical, 1944
  • 3 Dance Episodes from "On the Town", for orchestra, 1945
  • Hashkiveinu, for tenor, chorus & organ, 1945
  • Lonely Me, song for voice & piano (originally written for "On the Town"), 1945
  • Facsimile, ballet, 1946
  • La Bonne Cuisine: 4 recipes, for voice & piano, 1947
  • Rinah, Hebrew folksong arranged for chorus & orchestra, 1947
  • Simchu Na, for chorus & piano, 1947
  • 4 Anniversaries, for piano, 1948
  • Brass Music, pieces (5) for piano, trumpet, horn, trombone & tuba, 1948
  • 5 Anniversaries, for piano, 1949
  • Prelude, Fugue & Riffs, for clarinet & jazz ensemble, 1949
  • Symphony No. 2 ("The Age of Anxiety"), for piano & orchestra or 2 pianos, 1949
  • Peter Pan, musical, 1950
  • Yigdal, Hebrew liturgical melody for chorus & piano, 1950
  • Silhouette (Galilee), song for voice & piano, 1950
  • Trouble in Tahiti, opera in 1 act, 1951
  • It's Love, song (from "Wonderful Town"), 1953
  • Wonderful Town, musical in 2 acts, 1953
  • Serenade (after Plato: Symposium), for violin, harp, percussion & strings; also for violin & piano, 1954
  • Candide, operetta in 2 acts, 1955
  • On the Waterfront, symphonic suite, 1955
  • Sabras (4), for piano, 1955
  • The Lark, incidental music for countertenor, chorus & percussion, 1955
  • Glitter and Be Gay, for soprano & orchestra (from "Candide"), 1956
  • Make Our Garden Grow, song for voice & orchestra or piano (from "Candide"), 1956
  • Overture to Candide, for orchestra, 1956
  • West Side Story, musical, 1957
  • I Feel Pretty, song (from "West Side Story"), 1957
  • Maria, song (from "West Side Story"), 1957
  • Somewhere, song (from "West Side Story"), 1957
  • Tonight, song (from "West Side Story"), 1957
  • The Firstborn, incidental music for voice & chorus, 1958
  • Bridal Suite, for 2 pianos, 1960
  • Symphonic Dances from "West Side Story", 1961
  • Fanfare for the inauguration of J. F. Kennedy, for brass ensemble, 1961
  • Symphony No. 3 ("Kaddish"), for soprano, speakers, choruses & orchestra, 1963
  • Chichester Psalms, for boy soloist, chorus & orchestra, 1965
  • So Pretty, song for voice & piano, 1968
  • A Simple Song, for voice & piano, 1971
  • Mass, theatre piece for singers, players & dancers, 1971
  • Meditations (2) from "Mass", for orchestra, 1971
  • Dybbuk, ballet, 1974 
  • Dybbuk, Suite No.1, for tenor, bass & orchestra, 1974 
  • Dybbuk, Suite No.2 (Eight Dances), for orchestra, 1974
  • 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, musical, 1976
  • A White House Cantata, for soloists, chorus & orchestra, 1976
  • Candide, suite from the operetta in 2 parts for voices, chorus & orchestra, 1977
  • 3 Meditations from "Mass", for cello & orchestra; also for cello & piano, 1977
  • Slava! A Political Overture, for orchestra, 1977
  • Songfest, song cycle for 6 singers & orchestra or piano, 1977
  • Piccola Serenata, vocalise for voice & piano, 1979
  • A Musical Toast, for orchestra, 1980
  • Divertimento, for orchestra, 1980
  • Halil, nocturne for flute solo, piccolo, alto flute, percussion & harp; also for flute, piano & percussion, 1981
  • Olympic Hymn, for chorus & orchestra, 1981
  • Touches (Chorale, 8 Variations & Coda), competition test piece for piano, 1981
  • A Quiet Place, opera, 1984
  • Concerto for Orchestra (Jubilee Games), for orchestra, 1986
  • 13 Anniversaries, for piano, 1988
  • Arias & Barcarolles, for mezzo-soprano, baritone, strings & percussion (or piano duet), 1988
  • Missa Brevis, for alto, chorus & percussion (or 7 violins & percussion), 1988
  • Dance Suite, for brass quintet & optional percussion, 1989
  • Vayomer Elohim (Let There Be Light), for voice & piano, 1989
Get this collection in one Spotify playlist: Leonard Bernstein the Composer: Complete Chronological Catalogue (485 tracks, total time: 27 hours) Ctrl (CMD) + G to browse in album view. For Bernstein's music lectures, see this playlist. Photo by George Zimbel.


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