15 Leonard Bernstein Quotes From The Composer Of West Side Story

Best quotes from Leonard Bernstein composer of 'West Side Story'
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Leonard Bernstein was an American composer, humanitarian, music director, and pianist.

Leonard Bernstein was a remarkable musician of American history. He is considered among the most significant American cultural personalities of the 20th century.

Leonard Bernstein 's birth name was Louis, but his family always called him Leonard or Lenny Bernstein. He grew up as a piano boy.

Leonard Bernstein was called the most glamourous musician by 'The World Broadway'. He was a composer who could write music in different styles including Classical, Jazz, and Pop. Leonard Bernstein bridged the walls of concert halls and music theatres. He was a teacher and television personality. Leonard Bernstein created a rich trove of recordings and writings. As a composer, he was influenced by the works of Aaron Copland, Marc Blitzstein,  Igor Stravinsky, etc. He created many television programs educating a generation of Americans about music.

'The unanswered question':  Six Talks at Harvard is a lecture series on music given by Leonard Bernstein at Harvard University. Bernstein was the youngest music director of the New York Philharmonic and the students were lucky enough to learn from him.

Leonard Bernstein was the author of many books like 'West Side Story', 'Candid', 'Young People's  Concerts', 'The Infinite Variety of Music', 'Findings', 'Wonderful Town', and many more. Leonard Bernstein was the recipient of many honors like Emmy Awards, Tony Award, Seventeen Grammy Awards, and Kennedy Center Honor. Here we bring you Leonard Bernstein quotes from which you can learn the brilliance of his leadership both as a conductor and teacher and composer.

Please find Leonard Bernstein quotes about composition from some of his best works from Broadway. If you want to read similar quotes, you may go through our articles on [Beethoven quotes] and [Bach quotes].

Leonard Bernstein Composition Quotes

Leonard Bernstein was a composer of symphonies, ballet, and hit musicals. Here are some Leonard Bernstein quotes about composition.

1. "To achieve great  things, two things are needed: a plan and  not quite enough time."

- Leonard  Bernstein

2."This is our reply to violence, to make music more intensely  more beautifully, more devotedly than before."

- Leonard Bernstein

3."In stillness every human being is great; he  is  a poet, and most like an angel."

- Leonard Bernstein

4." The joy of music should not be interrupted by a commercial."

- Leonard Bernstein

Classical Music Quotes

Leonard's 'Young people concerts' helped to introduce classical music to children. Here we bring you some Leonard Bernstein classical music quotations about life.

5."I am not interested in having an orchestra sound like itself, I want to sound it as the composer."  

- Leonard Bernstein

6."Why do many of us try to explain the beauty of music, thus depriving it of its mystery ."

-Leonard Bernstein

Best Leonard Bernstein Quotes

Leonard Bernstein inspires us in many ways. Here are some Leonard Bernstein quotes to achieve great things in life. You may find a quote or two from our best collections to show your gratitude towards your role models in music.

7."The key to the mystery of  a great artist is that for reasons unknown, he will give away his energies and  his life  just to make sure that one note follows another and lives us with the feeling that  something is right in the world."

- Leonard Bernstein

8."Any  great artwork revives and readapts time and space, and the measure of its success  is the extent to whic  it makes you an inhabitant  of that world - the extent to which it invites you in and lets you breathe its strange, special air."

- Leonard Bernstein

9." We are neither  pure, nor wise, nor good,

       We will do the best we know.

       We'll build  our house and chop our  wood

        And make our garden grow.

        And make our garden grow!"    

- Leonard Bernstein

10. "A liberal is a man or a woman or a child who looks forward to a better day, a more tranquil night, and  a bright, infinite future."

- Leonard Bernstein

11."Our most emotionally active life is lived within our dreams, and our cells renew themselves during sleep. We reach highest in meditation, and farthest in prayer."  

- Leonard Bernstein

Leonard Bernstein Quotes About The Power Of Music

Quotes about the power of music by Leonard Bernstein

Music creates a symphony in our life. Every sound in this universe is unique with its unique notes and frequency. Leonard Bernstein wrote many wonderful quotes about the power of music. Take a look at these such Leonard Bernstein quotes.

12."Music can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable ."  

-  Leonard Bernstein

13."Music of all arts, stands in a special  regi0n, unlit by any  star but its own, and utterly without meaning"

-  Leonard Bernstein

14."Life without music is unthinkable. Life without music is academic. That is why my contact with  music is totally an embrace."

- Leonard Bernstein

15."A work of art does not answer questions, it  provokes them, and its essential meaning is in the tension between the contradictory  answers."

-Leonard Bernstein

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly quotes for everyone to enjoy! If you like our suggestions for Leonard Bernstein quotes from the composer then why not take a look at [Frédéric Chopin quotes], or Thelonious Monk quotes to find more content you may like?

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