Leonard Bernstein in Cuernavaca - November, 1951

from Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Aaron Copland, 14 Nov 1951, page 292:

Dearest Aa ...we bought a phonograph, and there in the same shop was the Clarinet Concerto and the Quartet, on both of which I am therefore now an expert. I am disappointed in the concerto, and I think it may be a little on account of the performance. I remember it as being so much fun when you struggled with it on the piano (of course everything is more fun when you do it on the piano with your apologetic grin), and Benny [Goodman]’s performance is ghastly and student-like, I think. But there is also something that does not satisfy about the score, despite its evident beauties. The …   more >>
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Leonard Bernstein, Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Aaron Copland, 14 Nov 1951. In Nigel Simeone (ed.), The Leonard Bernstein Letters (City of New Haven, 2013), p. 292. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1388238914807 accessed: 21 June, 2024

location of experience: Cuernavaca


Leonard Bernstein
Composer, Conducting

Listening to

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Clarinet Concerto
written by Aaron Copland, John Corigliano
performed by Benny Goodman

Experience Information

Date/Time November, 1951
Medium playback
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors

Originally submitted by Ivan Hewett on Sat, 28 Dec 2013 13:55:14 +0000