Leonard Bernstein in Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts - July, 1960

from Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Aaron Copland, rec. 22 March 1938, page 429:

...today I must write, because last night I heard the test pressing of the 2nd Hurricane recording which will be out in time for your birthday. It’s badly engineered in places, especially when there is choral complexity (the voices are too distant and unclear, the orch. is too present) – but in general I think you’ll be delighted. Of course, it’s similar to the TV version, with me narrating, preserving a line or two of dialogue here & there, & cutting Fat’s Song plus 2 other small cuts. But mainly I’m writing because I’m so impressed all over again with the music. It is …   more >>
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Leonard Bernstein, Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Aaron Copland, rec. 22 March 1938. In Nigel Simeone (ed.), The Leonard Bernstein Letters (City of New Haven, 2013), p. 429. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1388426123699 accessed: 25 July, 2024

location of experience: Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts


Leonard Bernstein
Composer, Conducting

Listening to

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The Second Hurricane
written by Aaron Copland

Experience Information

Date/Time July, 1960
Medium playback
Listening Environment in private, indoors, solitary


According to wikipedia, The Second Hurricane is an opera in two acts by Aaron Copland to a libretto by Edwin Denby. Specifically written for school performances, it lasts just under an hour and premiered on 21 April 1937 at the Henry Street Settlement playhouse in New York City.

Originally submitted by Ivan Hewett on Mon, 30 Dec 2013 17:55:23 +0000