Leonard Bernstein
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Louis Bernstein (1918 - 1990)

Louis (Leonard) "Lenny" Bernstein
Born in Lawrence, Essex County, Massachusetts, USAmap
Husband of [private wife (1930s - 2000s)]
Husband of — married 10 Sep 1951 [location unknown]
Father of [private child (unknown - unknown)] and [private daughter (1960s - unknown)]
Died in New York City, New York, USAmap
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Biography

Leonard Bernstein is an American pianist, composer and conductor who composed the score for the Broadway musical West Side Story.

Scene from West Side Story

Leonard Bernstein was born Louis Bernstein on August 25, 1918, in Lawrence, Massachusetts, the son of Ukrainian Jewish parents Jennie (née Resnick) and Samuel Joseph Bernstein. His parents wanted to name him Leonard, but his grandmother insisted on Louis, which he changed legally to Leonard after her death.[1]

Leonard was a natural musician but had to save money for a few lessons which he practiced on his aunt's piano, which was being stored in their house due to her divorce. By his 13th birthday, his father was impressed enough with his efforts to provide lessons and eventually a baby grand piano of his own.[2]

Leonard went on to graduate from Harvard University, Berkshire Music Center and Curtis Institute of Music. He served as conductor of the New York Philharmonic starting in 1958 and 1971.

Lenny married the Costa Rican-born American actress Felicia Cohn Montealegre on September 10, 1951. They had three children, Jamie, Alexander, and Nina.

Bernstein recorded extensively from the mid-1940s until just a few months before his death. He is known not only for his compositions and performing ability but also for his television lectures about classical music.

Bernstein died October 14, 1990. His list of compositions is amazing given his other contributions to the world of music and literature. He is buried at Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings County, New York, USA.[3][4]

Sources

  1. Biography: Leonard Bernstein
  2. Wikipedia:Bernstein
  3. Find A Grave Memorial
  4. The Green-Wood Historic Fund. Burial Search, Lot 43642, Section G.

See also:

  • Wikipedia: [[wikipedia:Leonard_Bernstein|Leonard Bernstein]
  • WikiData: Q152505 Wikidata Information Reasonator enwiki Ancestors (about wikidata)
  • Songwriter's Hall of Fame
  • Youtube: Bernstein Teaching a Master Class
  • Youtube: Betnstein Plays Gershwin
  • Birth record: "Massachusetts State Vital Records, 1841-1920," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:23RF-9MK : 4 December 2014), Jennie Resnick in entry for Leonard Bernstein, 25 Aug 1918; citing Birth, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States, certificate number 20110, page 253, State Archives, Boston.
  • "United States Census, 1920," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MF9X-HB2 : accessed 11 July 2017), Leonard Bernstein in household of Samuel Bernstein, Revere Ward 2, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States; citing ED 658, sheet 19A, line 13, family 377, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1992), roll 744; FHL microfilm 1,820,744.
  • "United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XQRH-XJP : accessed 11 July 2017), Leanord Bernstein in household of Samuel Bernstein, Boston (Districts 251-500), Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 376, sheet 23A, line 26, family 415, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 951; FHL microfilm 2,340,686.
  • "United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K4FT-CQC : accessed 11 July 2017), Leonard Bernstein in household of Samuel Bernstein, Ward 7, Newton, Newton City, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 9-462, sheet 16A, line 22, family 113, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 1616.


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