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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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Bernstein at Sea

Bernstein at Sea


(p.149) Chapter Six Bernstein at Sea
Leonard Bernstein

Barry Seldes

University of California Press

This chapter discusses Bernstein's steady involvement in both politics and music after the 1960s. It shows that the mood of radicalism that was prominent during the 1960s slowly faded, and that Bernstein was free to concentrate on more creative projects. It then studies the struggles Bernstein went through in order to find a compositional method where he could express his socially responsible outlook. The chapter also considers his support for the Jewish state and how Ronald Reagan's presidency affected Bernstein politically, especially due to the former's new militarization programs.

Keywords:   radicalism, creative projects, compositional method, Jewish state, Ronald Reagan, militarization programs

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