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Leonard BernsteinThe Political Life of an American Musician$
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Barry Seldes

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780520257641

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520257641.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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(p.1) Introduction
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Leonard Bernstein
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Barry Seldes

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520257641.003.0001

This introductory chapter discusses Leonard Bernstein, the former cultural ambassador of the United States and a composer of several popular musicals and ballets, including West Side Story. This chapter reveals a side to Bernstein that has been largely ignored by the public: his political life. It notes that while many of Bernstein's biographers have concluded that the composer remained apolitical for most of his life, there are archival documents that reveal Bernstein as a politically engaged man.

Keywords:   Leonard Bernstein, cultural ambassador, political life, archival documents

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