Laying bare a life less ordinary


In a warts-and-all memoir, the daughter of American musical icon Leonard Bernstein recounts rising up and studying to dwell with the legacy of a flawed genius. China Every day caught up along with her on a current go to to Beijing, Fang Aiqing reviews.

Leonard Bernstein is finest often called the late American conductor, composer and pianist, who lit up 20th-century music.

He additionally shared his information by narrating musical masterpieces to assist the youthful audiences discover their enthusiasm for the artwork and illuminated the trail for these trying to discover their voice within the area.

Nevertheless, Well-known Father Woman: A Memoir of Rising Up Bernstein, written by his firstborn daughter, Jamie, and revealed upon the centennial of his delivery in 2018, reveals another facet to the maestro and what it was like rising up in an distinctive household just like the Bernsteins.

Leonard Bernstein rose to fame in a single day, filling in last-minute for Bruno Walter, the visitor conductor with the New York Philharmonic, who was compelled to cry off sick earlier than a live performance at Carnegie Corridor on Nov 14, 1943.