This article first appeared in Limelight‘s February 2012 issue and was published online August 16, 2012.


Conductor, composer, writer, teacher, legend… Leonard Bernstein is a towering figure of 20th-century music; classical and popular. Works such as West Side Story have defined the American stage, while his performances with orchestras rank among the most electrifying in the history of recorded music. In the article that follows, we hear the inside story of Bernstein’s musical life from those who knew him...

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