Kaddish ~ Bernstein

Bernstein The Kaddish
Kaddish is the third symphony of Leonard Bernstein. The 1963 symphony is a dramatic work written for a large orchestra, a full choir, a boys' choir, a soprano soloist and a narrator. The name of the piece, Kaddish, refers to the Jewish prayer that is chanted at every synagogue service for the dead but never mentions "death." This often-neglected symphony is dedicated to the memory of John F. Kennedy who was assassinated on November 22, 1963, just weeks before the first performance of the symphony. Though some see the symphony as a reaction to the Holocaust, there is no documented basis for this view. A Prayer for the dead and also a prayer that praises God by stating that God is above all praise. A prayer for the living, a gift of peace...to help carry on.

Bernstein: Symphony No. 3 ("Kaddish"); Chichester Psalms

Leonard Bernstein (August 25, 1918 – October 14, 1990) was an American conductor, composer, author, music lecturer and pianist. He was among the first conductors born and educated in the United States of America to receive worldwide acclaim. He was probably best known to the public as the longtime music director of the New York Philharmonic, for conducting concerts by many of the world's leading orchestras, and for writing the music for West Side Story, Candide, Wonderful Town, and On the Town. Bernstein was the first classical music conductor to make numerous television appearances between 1954 and 1989. He had a formidable piano technique and as a composer also wrote symphonies and other concert music. According to The New York Times, he was "one of the most prodigiously talented and successful musicians in American history."

Leonard Bernstein: Omnibus - The Historic TV BroadcastsLeonard Bernstein - Young People's Concerts / New York PhilharmonicThe Joy of Music Leonard Bernstein

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