Since I know people actually read my blog(even though you don't comment...grrr...I say grrr...)I've decided to start a new series called "Classical/World music any real musician should listen to" Now what I mean is that there is a vast world of music out there that people refuse to explore because it's deemed artistic,western,classical what have you. I feel producers today would get so much more out of music if they opened their ears up to different sonorities and started listening to new things. The legends of creativity were always inspired by something else...Theolonius Monk by Schoenberg,Miles Davis and Donny Hathaway by Mahler, Prince by Debussy and so on and so forth. I'd like to take an emphasis on composers from the late 19th century to the 20th century,since jazz and soul was influenced by them and they were also influenced by jazz,soul,and musical theater. so I say to you...don't turn you ears off turn them on doggonit!!!!Do I need to break out a whip?
Composer 1 in the series "Any musician worth anything should be listening to" is...(drumroll) Leonard Bernstein
Leonard Bernstein(August 25, 1918 – October 14, 1990) was a multi-Emmy-winning American conductor, composer, author, music lecturer and pianist. He was the first conductor born and educated in the United States of America to receive world-wide acclaim. He is perhaps best known for his long conducting relationship with the New York Philharmonic, which included the acclaimed Young People's Concerts series, and his compositions including West Side Story, Candide, and On the Town. He is known primarily as the first classical music conductor to make many television appearances, all between 1954 and 1989. Additionally he had a formidable piano technique and was a highly respected composer. He is one of the most influential figures in the history of American classical music, championing the works of American composers and inspiring the careers of a generation of American musicians.
Bernstein conducting his own Candide overture:
From one of my fave musicals:West Side Story
Gym Mambo(my favorite scene)
On the Town(with my fave dancer/singer/actor in the universe Gene Kelly)
With Ann Miller(who was from Chireno btw!!Texas!)
Chichester Psalms-Movement II(don't let the countertenor scare you away...keep listening)
From Mass:Simple Song