Music Was IT: Young Leonard Bernstein

Music Was IT: Young Leonard Bernstein

by Susan Goldman Rubin

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Overview

"Life without music is unthinkable."—Leonard Bernstein, Findings

When Lenny was two years old, his mother found that the only way to soothe her crying son was to turn on the Victrola. When his aunt passed on her piano to Lenny’s parents, the boy demanded lessons. When Lenny went to school, he had the most fun during "singing hours."

But Lenny’s love of music was met with opposition from the start. Lenny’s father, a successful businessman, wanted Lenny to follow in his footsteps. Additionally, the classical music world of the 1930s and 1940s was dominated by Europeans—no American Jewish kid had a serious chance to make a name for himself in this field.

Beginning with Lenny’s childhood in Boston and ending with his triumphant conducting debut at Carnegie Hall with the New York Philharmonic when he was just twenty-five, MUSIC WAS IT draws readers into the energetic, passionate, challenging, music-filled life of young Leonard Bernstein.

Archival photographs, mostly from the Leonard Bernstein Collection at the Library of Congress, illustrate this fascinating biography, which also includes a foreword by Bernstein’s daughter Jamie. Extensive back matter includes biographies of important people in Bernstein’s life, as well as a discography of his music.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781607347736
Publisher: Charlesbridge
Publication date: 03/13/2018
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 192
File size: 29 MB
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Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Susan Goldman Rubin is the author of more than a dozen books for young readers, including ANDY WARHOL: POP ART PAINTER (Abrams) and THE CAT WITH THE YELLOW STAR: COMING OF AGE IN TEREZIN (Holiday House), both ALA Notable Books. Susan lives in Malibu, California.

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From the start Leonard loved music. When he was about two year old, his parents, Sam and Jennie, stayed with friends who had a summer house at Revere Beach near Boston. The friends had a piano in the living room, and whenever Leonard heard someone playing, he pressed his ear to the closed door. "Moynik!" he shouted, his own word for music.
At home in Mattapan, a suburb of Boston, he would cry "Moynik!" with tears running down his face until his mother put a record on the windup Victrola. Then Lenny, as he was called, would
stop crying and listen happily. The Victrola was Lenny’s faithful companion and, often, his only playmate.

Table of Contents

Foreword . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..ix
1. Moynik . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
2. In Love with a Piano . . . . . . . . . . 9
3. Crazed and Raging Fingers . . . . .21
4. Lenny the Showman . . . . . . . . . 33
5. Lenny at Harvard . . . . . . . . . . . .45
6. Genius Boy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..53
7. Crazy Artist Nuts . . . . . . . . . . . 57
8. November 14th . . . . . . . . . . . . ..63
9. Glimmering Possibility . . . . . . . ..73
10. Me? A Conductor? . . . . . . . . . .77
11. Work and Work and Work . . . . .85
12. What to Do Next? . . . . . . . . . . 103
13. On the Town . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115
14. Suddenly Famous . . . . . . . . . . 125
Epilogue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135
Timeline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 138
Biographies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .140
Lenny’s Music (includes Discography and Bibliography) . . . . . . . . .151
Sources of Quotations . . . . . . . . . .157
Photo Credits and Permissions . . . .169
Acknowledgments . . . . . . . . . . . . 172
Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .175

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Music Was IT: Young Leonard Bernstein 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
leyliagray on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Easy to read biography about Leonard Bernstein. I picked it up casually when it came across my desk to skim it before checking it into the system at my library and ended up reading it in one sitting. A good hour or two of reading.
abbylibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An accessible and interesting biography, filled with photos and letters that bring the period to life, Music Was It explores Leonard Bernstein's childhood and young adulthood (stopping just after Bernstein breaks barriers by conducting the New York Philharmonic). This is a great choice for aspiring musicians.