BERNSTEIN RONDO FOR LIFEY PDF

Leonard Bernstein enjoyed an illustrious career as a composer, conductor, educator and pianist. He will be best remembered for his contribution to the Broadway musical scene, his composition of scores for On the Town , Candide and West Side Story will live on long in the memory of all who hear them. As a conductor, after graduating from Harvard, he became the Musical Director of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and led them in more concerts than anyone who had previously held that post. Despite being a relatively short piece, lasting only two minutes, Rondo for Lifey is one of the two longest works in the series, which collectively lasts just eight minutes.

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Leonard Bernstein enjoyed an illustrious career as a composer, conductor, educator and pianist. He will be best remembered for his contribution to the Broadway musical scene, his composition of scores for On the Town , Candide and West Side Story will live on long in the memory of all who hear them.

As a conductor, after graduating from Harvard, he became the Musical Director of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and led them in more concerts than anyone who had previously held that post. Despite being a relatively short piece, lasting only two minutes, Rondo for Lifey is one of the two longest works in the series, which collectively lasts just eight minutes.

The piece itself has a playful, if not slightly cheeky nature about it. Beginning with a short, slow and expressive solo trumpet introduction, the piece suddenly bursts into life with the introduction of the main theme.

The light style of the repeating section of the rondo using staccato quavers in the shifting time signatures between simple triple and cut common give an unstable, jerky feel to the music; something which is evident throughout the piece. The work also has some fleeting lyrical sections, contrasting with the jerky initial theme and the trumpet echoing the piano at one stage almost before the line has finished gives a feeling of continual smooth motion before a return for the final time to the main theme, this time presented with a mute before a perfect cadence finishes the piece off.

I have always felt a little disappointed with this piece. Normally programs are programed chronologically. The tempo marking places the eighth-notes right in section between double and single tonging for me. So, in the clip below, I bumped up the tempo just a tad to accommodate my double tongue. And, for those of you that are not familiar with this music, I recorded this with most of the rests included so the clip is almost the length of the entire piece.

Rondo for Lifey. Thank you for this review of the piece. I am doing some research for my departmental performance of this piece at the University of Indianapolis. One thing I would check is the reference as to how this piece was titled.

This is all I would change. Everything else is perfect. Thank you. Bernstein - Rondo for Lifey January 21, In Classical. By David Cooper. Title Rondo for Lifey Leonard Bernstein Biographical Info Leonard Bernstein enjoyed an illustrious career as a composer, conductor, educator and pianist.

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Leonard Bernstein completed his suite of brass pieces on April 8, They were written for members of the New York Philharmonic and received their premier at Carnegie Hall. The pieces were commissioned by the Juilliard Musical Foundation. This set of pieces is rarely performed as a set and are all influenced by Bernstein's love of jazz. Leonard Bernstein unquestionably loved dogs, and showed this by writing numerous short pieces with a particular one in mind.

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