Bernstein On Brotherhood

Not many people can work references to Beethoven, Aristophanes, the World War I Armistice, conflict in Northern Ireland, Christianity, the prophet Isaiah, Goethe’s “Faust”, King David, and Vietnamese refugees into a mere six minutes of extemporaneous, unscripted monologue. But the great Leonard Bernstein was such a person. Composer, educator, philanthropist, the Massachusetts native and Harvard graduate possessed throughout his life an earnest and attentive disposition to the world around him. In our Music Monday video, Mr. Bernstein shares his thoughtful ruminations after having conducted a recording of Beethoven’s glorious, sublime Ninth Symphony. The starting point for his reflections is Friedrich Schiller’s 1785 poem “Ode to Joy”, the work that inspired Beethoven to compose the Ninth. The relevant themes of love, brotherhood, peace and joy weave their way through Bernstein’s free associations of dates, quotes, and historic events. This was filmed sometime in the late 70s or early 80s I believe. Take it away maestro!

6 thoughts on “Bernstein On Brotherhood

  1. fredh1 says:

    When I was a kid in the ’60’s, Leonard Bernstein’s Young Peoples Concerts were one of my favorite TV shows. Turned me into a classical music geek for life!

  2. derek says:

    Leonard Bernstein the man behind “West Side Story” wonderful talent and conductor. He did this conducting of Beethoven’s first symphony very cathartic I must and mind blowing check this oput

    • artmodel says:


      Absolutely fantastic, thank you! My favorite composer of all time, in the hands of one of the greatest conductors. What a combination! Glorious 🙂


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