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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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A Man in Dark Times

A Man in Dark Times

(p.193) Epilogue A Man in Dark Times
Leonard Bernstein

Barry Seldes

University of California Press

This chapter shows how Bernstein was able to bounce back despite experiencing a number of dark times. It notes that it was his optimism that helped him pull through, and takes a look at his later life, where he tried to create a prophet-philosopher with a systematic body of thought, specifically during the Norton Lectures in 1973. It also reveals that Bernstein was able to find a means of prophetic expression through Mahler's music, where a long narrative of catastrophe and terror that had covered European civilization during the first half of the twentieth century was presented.

Keywords:   prophet-philosopher, body of thought, Norton Lectures, Mahler

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