Articles

Music: A Symphony of Her Own

Most children have to be dragged to the symphony. When Marin Alsop's parents took her to see Leonard Bernstein, she went nuts. She was 9 years old. "It's a...

BOOKS: Lenny, With Lenny Missing

Who was Leonard Bernstein? A talented conductor and gifted composer of popular music who overreached when he tried to write "serious" scores? A lecherous...

What Becomes a Legend Most?

Had he lasted a little longer in a life that was lived harder and faster than most (mood: appassionato; tempo: allegro con brio), Leonard Bernstein would have...

Music: Portrait of The Artist, with Smudges

In 1943, at the age of 25, Leonard Bernstein made a spectacular debut with the New York Philharmonic, substituting at the last minute for ailing Conductor Bruno...

Music: Trouble in Houston for Lenny

Bernstein's opera, A Quiet Place, is a disappointment Sometimes it is possible to be too talented. Take the case of Leonard Bernstein, for example. The...

Music: Sounding a Joyous Jubilee

What was it like to be in Vienna during the heyday of Haydn, Beethoven and Schubert? Music lovers today can only wonder enviously, but within a single week...

People: Aug. 11, 1986

She is a pint-size prodigy, only 14 years old, and she already enjoys a flourishing solo career. New York Times Music Critic John Rockwell has described her as...

People: May 23, 1988

"What's the hurry?" Irving Berlin said on his 99th birthday when told of plans to celebrate his centennial. Last week, at the only gala he sanctioned for his...

Music: That Nut's a Genius

He sometimes wore fingerless gloves while he played, sang along with the music, and sat on a stool so low that he could touch the keyboard with his nose. Before...

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Photo Essays

LIFE at Home With Marilyn Monroe, 1953

When Alfred Eisenstaedt photographed Marilyn Monroe at her Hollywood home in 1953, the 54-year-old LIFE staffer and the 26-year-old actress were — on the face of...

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