Make our garden grow
We're neither pure nor wise nor good;Leonard Bernstein died on October 14, 1990. Those lines are a fitting epitaph for the composer, conductor, animateur and great human being: they conclude Candide, which, for me, is his puzzlingly neglected masterwork. Am I the only reader of this blog that can remember both where I was when I heard the news of JFK's assassination and of Lennie's death? Another masterwork, Bernstein's Mass, was commissioned by Jacqueline Kennedy in honour of the slain President. Read about candid Bernstein here.
We'll do the best we know.
We'll build our house, and chop our wood,
And make our garden grow.
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The BBC has wonderful archive footage of Lennie. Instead their flagship culture TV channel, BBC 4, is today offering I Walked With A Zombie.
Certainly BBC-4 and BBC-2 missed an opportunity to show this most televisual of conductors and explainers of music.
That mention of 'composer of the week' takes me down another path. If a musician fits neatly into a BBC sub-brand such as 'composer of the week' or 'new generation artist' or 'BBC Proms', he or she is in clover. But if they do not fit neatly into a BBC sub-brand, as many great mavericks don't, they are dead meat. But don't get me started....
Benjamin Britten, whose opera Peter Grimes was given its US premiere by Bernstein, was born on Nov 22.
And Voltaire, who, of course, wrote Candide was born on Nov 21.
All sorts of paths...