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The greatest American composers ever, all assembled in one handy gallery! Get to know Glass, Bernstein, Whitacre, Gershwin and all the rest.
Leonard Bernstein’s big break came quite by chance when he was called to conduct the New York Philharmonic Orchestra at the last minute when Bruno Walter was struck down with flu. Bernstein never looked back and went on to become one of the great names in American music. A hugely talented conductor and pianist, he is best known for West Side Story that catapulted him into the mainstream. Born in Massachusetts to Ukrainian parents, he moved to New York after graduating from Harvard, where he became firm friends with Aaron Copland. Bernstein died in 1990 and as the funeral procession made its through the streets of Manhattan to his final resting place in Brooklyn, construction workers removed their hats and waved, yelling "Goodbye, Lenny".
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