Ascent and Blacklist
This chapter looks at Bernstein's rise in the classical musical world, as well as his initial steps towards being a political activist. It then discusses Bernstein's collaboration with Jerome Robbins for the ballets Fancy Free and On The Town, where he showed that he could make the transition from first-class composer to first-class conductor with ease. At the same time, his political life became closely entwined with his musical life, and he accepted invitations to perform and sponsor rallies and petitions that supported Russian refugee relief. The chapter also discusses his role in the Progressive ideological revival, his great American opera, and the seeming descent of his career in 1950.
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