This American Memory Website from the Library of Congress (previewed in the August 28, 1998 Scout Report
) features materials from the Library's massive collection of documents by and about the American composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein. The site offers 85 photographs, over 1,100 pieces of Bernstein's correspondence, and more than 250 scripts from the conductor's well-known Young People's Concerts and Thursday Evening Previews with the New York Philharmonic. These scripts are in the form of facsimile versions of Bernstein's musical outlines and written notes in preparation for his trademark presentations of music and spoken commentary. The correspondence also gives, among other things, a strong indication of Bernstein's tendency to conduct not only orchestras, but the lives of his loved ones as well. The material can be searched by keyword or browsed by title, name, or subject.
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